This page contains the views of the MP candidates for Winchester on a wide range of issues

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Labour Party
Patrick Davies
(Labour Party)
Conservative Party
Steve Brine
(Conservative Party)
UK Independence Party - UKIP
Jocelyn Penn-Bull
(UK Independence Party - UKIP)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Extra public money should be spent on better road repairs in the constituency.
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    Mark Lancaster (English Democrats Party)
    is neutral
    “When we can afford it with borrowing.”
    Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “The Liberal Democrat proposed that the county council should shift money to more spending on road repairs.”
  • Extra public money should be spent on improving Winchester station.
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    Mark Lancaster (English Democrats Party)
    disagrees
    “The station is in the hands of a private company that receives a public subsidy. The state of the station and investments made can be assessed when they re-apply for their franchise.”
    Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Not entirely clear what the questioner had in mind for this. As a first point, Network Rail should pay for any improvements.”
  • Network Rail should provide a pedestrian bridge at Andover Road.
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    Mark Lancaster (English Democrats Party)
    is neutral
    Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “There is one - I used it this morning! The planned design for the main bridge also includes an improved footpath. I'm not sure what purpose an extra footbridge would serve. If there were to be one, the Park Road bridge would be a much better site.”

National statements

  • Many people think taxes will have to rise in the next parliament to cut Britain's budget deficit. If they do, any increases should disproportionately be paid by higher earners.
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    Mark Lancaster (English Democrats Party)
    disagrees
    “Higher taxes produce less tax receipts, this has been proved repeatedly throughoout the world.”
    Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Our manifesto outlines the tax increases we propose. This includes an explicit shift in taxation to help people on middle and low incomes.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Mark Lancaster (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “English Democrats want less government, let those who know what they are doing run their businesses, make a profit and increase tax revenues.”
    Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Not just business. People in the public sector are also frustrated at the level of bureaucracy and interference they face.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Mark Lancaster (English Democrats Party)
    disagrees
    “Right now this country needs to get out of debt. Climate change happens as a natural process. We agree with low carbon econmy and less environmental damage. This should be achieved by incentive not punishment.”
    Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “The market will put pressure on prices even if government doesn't. There needs to be heavy investment in insulation so that energy usage (and bills) go down. We need social tariffs to address fuel poverty.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Mark Lancaster (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    “13 years of government interference have seen the gap widen. Has anyone got the message yet? Less governemnt equals more effective social and business cohesion.”
    Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “We have the highest levels of inequality in our recent history.”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Mark Lancaster (English Democrats Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Truth. This cannot go on. Public spending must be cut permanently. We learn to cut spending and become more efficient or WE GO BUST!”
    Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Some public services need more spending, but our public services assume a level of tax revenue (and size of economy) that simply isn't - and won't be - there.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Mark Lancaster (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    “This can be done if big government does not tax pensions and regulates the financial market properly. See future English Democrat communications for the permanent solution. We would also make pensioners and the country better off!”
    Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Unfortunately 'should' doesn't deal with the people who don't or can't because of low income. We need a strong safety net to support the poorest pensioners. We would restore the link between the state pension and earnings.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Mark Lancaster (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “We are running out of resources such as space, water, infrastructure, etc. FACT!”
    Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “They are generally lower than many believe but some areas have definitely been put under stress. The main problem is that the system is not under clear control.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Mark Lancaster (English Democrats Party)
    is neutral
    “The use of CCTV cameras should be restricted to solving and preventing serious crime not to monitor what people put in their waste bins!”
    Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “As the technology moves ahead, we are going to need greater protection. A lot of current systems are analogue and run on 1980s tape machines. As soon as they go digital, the threat to privacy becomes much more serious.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Mark Lancaster (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Fred and Rosemary West? We shouldn't automatically assume that someone living in one kind of relationship is going to be a better parent than someone living in a different family arrangement.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Mark Lancaster (English Democrats Party)
    disagrees
    “If they were honest they would tell people about the cuts that are necessary BEFORE the election!”
    Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “In terms of personal finances, I suspect most are. In terms of making election promises that add up, it's a bit less certain. One issue is that we have too many 'safe seats'. We need a right of recall and a more accountable election system.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Mark Lancaster (English Democrats Party)
    is neutral
    “We pay for what we can afford. GOT IT YET?”
    Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Mark Lancaster (English Democrats Party)
    strongly agrees
    “After a referendum.”
    Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Mark Lancaster (English Democrats Party)
    agrees
    “What has war honestly achieved for us other than loss of life, terrorism and public deficit?”
    Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Iran does not have a nuclear weapon at present and is not close to developing one. We support action by the international community to stop Iran obtaining nuclear weapons, but we oppose military action against Iran in current circumstances.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Mark Lancaster (English Democrats Party)
    disagrees
    “See 13.”
    Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “... as long as they continue making a people's lives there more secure - and as a result, they make our lives here more secure - and their presence is supported by local people.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Mark Lancaster (English Democrats Party)
    is neutral
    Martin Tod (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “We need to get to 0.7% of GNI and focus more clearly on the poorest countries. In the context of Government spending, aid is a small amount that has long-term positive dividends.”

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