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

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Liberal Democrats
Jamie Saddler
(Liberal Democrats)
Conservative Party
Jeff Clarke
(Conservative Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • Police resources should be redirected to enforce on the spot penalties & reduce the number of young drivers speeding in and around Heswall.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    agrees
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “I'm not that happy with on the spot fines, but there should be more police on the roads to enforce the law.”
  • Jack's newsagent should not have a licence to sell alcohol.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Don't know the details on this, but in general I would agree.”
  • The closure or community asset transfer of leisure, community and library facilities should be stopped.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “I agree with the Secretary of State's intervention on library closures, but I think there could be a case for asset transfer where there is a strong organisation that good serve the public better.”
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “This sort of thing should be at the core of local authority concerns.”
  • The council should focus on the development of retail capacity locally, not on Birkenhead docks.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “If elected I will campaign for support for local independent businesses in Wirral.”
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Local shopping areas need what support they can be given in the face of mega-retailers.”
  • Extra public money should be spent by the council to provide regular patrols of Town Lane to prevent fly tipping.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    agrees
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “It is very important that such problems are dealt with speedily and effectively.”
  • Extra public money should be spent to improve gritting levels, particularly around Higher Bebington. Salt bins should be reinstated to help with this.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    agrees
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
  • Development along the Eastham Village shoreline should not be used to raise funds for a coastal path between Rock Ferry and Eastham County Park.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Eastham Village and its heritage must be protected, and whilst I am against unsuitable development, I would judge proposals on their merits.”
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “I am against hidden development taxes in the form of section 106 payments, which are essentially bribes for planning permission.”
  • Public money should be spent on overhauling the playground at Port Causeway.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    “And this is planned for the next year. I understand that the council are consulting with young people about what they would like to see there.”
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Yes, such facilities should be at the core of local authority support.”
  • There should be traffic calming measures added to the Lever Causeway and Village Road.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    agrees
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “In general I feel that 'traffic calming' only inconveniences careful drivers. If there is poor driving this should be dealt with by more police patrols.”
  • The fees to use the Mersey Tunnels should be abolished.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “It is unfortunate that people were told the tunnels would one day be free, once the debt was paid, and this has not happened. I think Merseytravel should look for efficiencies to keep the tolls as low as possible.”
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “The tunnels are a vital part of the infrastructure of Merseyside and the UK just as the rest of the roads. The expense of collection of fees is itself wasteful. Let's also say no to EU plans to pilot 'road pricing' across the UK.”

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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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    agrees
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “In particular let's remove low earners from income tax altogether.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “We need the right regulation and business support to encourage a sustainable economy.”
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “All businesses are now drowning in a sea of red tape - usually with origins in the EU and gold-plated in the UK.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “We need to invest in new technology to make our energy use more cost effective in the medium and long term.”
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “It is questionable that there is global warming, and even if there is the harm is could cause is nothing compared to the economic damage that the government/ EU wants to inflict. No to carbon taxes, subsidy of wind farms, and the like.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    agrees
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “The salary differentials between the top and bottom earners in large organisations is now indefensible.”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “We should establish clear standards that people can expect and provide these cost effectively.”
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “The state has a role in making sure both people save for retirement and making sure no pensioner suffers in poverty, as happened previously in the 1980s & 90s”
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “There needs to be both.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “Immigration should be limited by business demand for skilled people”
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Immigration is great for employers but increases unemployment and reduces pay for the general British people.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “CCTV should be used by police where effective in catching perpetrators”
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “It's intrusive and generally these cameras don't do the job they were supposed to be doing.”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “All types of families can be loving, supportive and successful.”
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Despite everything, I think the majority of people in politics get involved for the right reasons.”
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Probably in comparison with most countries in the world they are.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    agrees
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    “I think we need to be very clear about why we are there (counter terrorism or humanitarian support? under what mandate?) and look for solutions that would see a swift removal of troops once those ends are achieved”
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “There needs to be a clear sensible objective, and once that is achieved we leave.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    Alison McGovern (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    David Scott (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Disaster relief and the like I agree with, but most 'aid' holds countries back and funds dictators and criminals. Fair open trade is what is needed.”

Answers by party

In many places, key candidates have refused to go on the record (and sometimes we've been unable to get in touch with them). As a poor substitute, you can see a rough version of how each party answers on average over at our partner site, Democracy Club.

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