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Conservative Party
Peter Bottomley
(Conservative Party)

Let's start by looking at the local statements

  • The seafront should refurbished to make it look more modern.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “I don't see a burning need for refurbishment. I would advocate a council study with cost/benefit analysis for the residents to vote for/against in a local referendum.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    agrees
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Including state of the art leisure facilities for the Aquarena site, including free paddling pool”
  • New NCP parking wardens are acting unfairly in Worthing and should be restrained.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “One example of how our local services have been subcontracted to private profit-driven companies, making excessive charges and taking draconian measures against anyone in error. This is destroying local trade and tourism, and must be stopped NOW.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    is neutral
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Worthing should adopt the Horsham model for parking enforcement. Cheap parking like Rustington”
  • Worthing Council needs to move faster in providing a new swimming pool, in light of ongoing maintenance issues and general quality.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “The swimming pool has been subject to high maintenance costs for years with long periods of closure. A survey and plan should be published without further delay. Residents should be asked if the Teville Gate development site must include a new pool.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “If the Worthing Council cannot even afford to provide pensioners in the town with free evening swimming, how can they afford a new pool?”
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    strongly agrees
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Worthing should set up a Community Interest Company with 'Project Worthing' to bring private investment to replace the current pool.”
  • Worthing Council should not sell the land it owns near Cissbury, and should instead to preserve it for use by locals.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Before this land is sold the council must publish again their plans for the realignment of the A27 with tunnelling through such sensitive areas, and impose stringent controls against any housing development nearby.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    strongly disagrees
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Worthing Downland Estate Management Plan should include: Free and open access over all the council owned downland. Partnership of Worthing's neighbors, the National Trust, the new National Park Authority, Natural England, and local experts.”
  • Worthing needs a better tourism strategy.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “With more tourism within the UK due to the recession, plans to encourage visitors to Worthing should be revised.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    agrees
    “A major step in making Worthing more user friendly, would be to get rid of NCP, who are damaging potential visitors perception of Worthing. MCP's over priced car-parks are leading to congestion in the town.”
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    is neutral
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    strongly agrees
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Working with Arun and Chichester and NOT Adur”
  • Worthing Borough Council should agree to extend Phase 2 of the Seafront Promenade Cycle Lane from Splash Point to George V Avenue to Sea Lane Ferring.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    agrees
    “Safe cycle lanes should be encouraged everywhere, but not to the detriment of holiday makers, walkers, children, etc.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Whilst I strongly support cycling, mixing cyclists and pedestrians is very unsafe.”
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    strongly agrees
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Also Phase 3 and 4 into Goring & Ferring”
  • The current priorities of the local council are focusing on the needs of the older generation and greater time and money should be spent on the needs of the young.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “There is an ever growing elderly population in UK. This will be reflected in the dynamics of Worthing. The needs of all residents should be accommodated. Local priorities should be driven by residents through referenda not imposed by the council.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “With Worthing Council denying free swimming for the elderly and the Sidney Walter Centre under threat of closure, public conveniences kept locked up or demolished, the needs of the older generation in Worthing are being totally ignored.”
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    is neutral
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “Urgently Refurbish the Leisure Centre and complete the lottery play schemes for Goring.”

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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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “We must stop paying the EU octopus 45 million pounds each and every day (16.4 billion/yr) with £2 billion back, and with directives costing a total of £120 billion/year. Check the Taxpayers Alliance figures.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    agrees
    “Throughout the Tory and Labour terms of office, the gap between the very rich and the very poor has widened. Ie need to creat a fairer society by narrowing that gap.”
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    agrees
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    “Those who earn the most should pay more tax, especially high earners above £150,000.”
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Our tax proposals include the biggest tax switch in generations, a radical overhaul to make sure those at the top pay their fair share in order to put money back in the pockets of people who need it.”
  • The British government interferes too much with business.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “Again through our quizzling "Government" the EU has imposed thousands of directives which cost our national industry dearly. This must stop to enable us to rebuild our manufacturing base and rebuild our export markets free of EU tariffs.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    is neutral
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    “The UK has the lowest barriers to entrepreneurship of all OECD countries and last year was ranked fifth in the world by the World Bank for ‘ease of doing business’.”
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “The role of government is to create an environment that allows enterprise to flourish, acting as an enabler rather than a participant in its own right.”
  • Government should tackle climate change aggressively even if it means energy bills go up.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “"Climate Change" or "Global Warming" Make your minds up. I do not follow the standard mantra, but question it. Clearly, we have much to do to help ourselves in these islands, but we can never make any difference globally in isolation.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    agrees
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    agrees
    “Help should be available to those on low incomes so people do not fall into fuel poverty.”
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “But not for the poorest; Liberal Democrats are committed to fair fuel bills. At the moment energy companies charge you less for your energy the more you use. That’s unfair and environmentally crazy.”
  • It would be a big problem if Britain became more economically unequal over the next 5 years.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “The salaries of senior civil servants and bankers must be kept within sensible limits. At present they are not. And their bonuses at our expense are a disgrace.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    strongly agrees
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly agrees
    “At the root of Britain's problems today is the failure to distribute economic and political power fairly between people.”
  • Despite the recession, Britain should increase spending on public sector services.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “Spending should be on FRONT LINE SERVICES not on copious quangos and excessive management staffing levels. In hospitals there are on average 4 "managers" for every one nurse!This cannot be sensible.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    is neutral
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The current economic climate will require a degree of restraint in public sector spending as we work to bring down the deficit.”
  • People should provide for their own retirement, and not demand the state to help them do so.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Many people cannot provide for their everyday living let alone retirement. Those higher paid people should help towards supporting our less fortunate individuals. Many of us who have invested for retirement have seen it lost through divorce, etc.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    disagrees
    “If elected I will work to ensure pensions come up to 60% of average earnings.”
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    is neutral
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Britain’s pensions system is one of the most complex and inadequate in the developed world. It provides neither a decent safety net, nor incentives to save.”
  • Immigration levels are too high.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “It is estimated that 5,000 people settle in UK every week! That's 250,000 people every year! Of course this Nu Labour government has thrown open the gates to all EU countries, so there are no accurate figures!! You couldn't make up this stuff!”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Insufficient space and time for my answer to this very complex question.”
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    agrees
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    is neutral
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “Immigration has been too high in some parts of the South East, which has stretched public services and damaged community cohesion. In some areas, there are so many people our environment is under pressure.”
  • There are too many CCTV cameras in Britain.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “We now live in a police Orwellian state. Our neighbours are encouraged to snoop on us, just like the Germans were during the rise of Hitler. Speed cameras are used as a source of revenue, not road safety.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    disagrees
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “We have less than one per cent of the world’s population but a fifth of the earth’s CCTV cameras. There are over four million CCTV cameras in Britain – one for every fourteen people and you can be captured on camera over three hundred times every day”
  • A married, heterosexual couple provide the best environment in which to raise a family.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “I could never condone same sex couples adopting children.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Insufficient space and time for my answer to this very complex question.”
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    strongly agrees
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “Liberal Democrats attach real value to relationships, to commitment and to love, but do not seek to limit or prescribe what makes for a strong relationship. We believe that gay and lesbian couples can be as good parents as heterosexual couples.”
  • In general, politicians in Britain are honest.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly disagrees
    “In Nu Labour we have had the most corrupt "Government" in living memory, and The Tories under John Major were appalling too. We must clean up politics as a top priority in order to engage the electorate's trust once more.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    is neutral
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    is neutral
    “The expenses scandal has undermined public confidence in politicians. People are rightly furious about the things that some MPs have claimed for and there is absolutely nothing they can do about it.”
  • The arts in Britain should pay for themselves, and not rely on Government subsidy.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “Over recent years the arts have benefited from both private and public support. I believe that this balance should be maintained.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    is neutral
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    is neutral
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    disagrees
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “The arts play a vital role in society, they can drive regeneration and can be crucial in helping with education and even fighting crime. So we want to move away from restrictive and bureaucratic targets for the arts.”
  • The new British government should begin negotiations to leave the European Union.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    strongly agrees
    “With an annual cost to UK of £120 billion, with little to show in return (no government has ever given a straight answer to this) we should withdraw like Greenland did in 1985, but without the ties.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    disagrees
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    strongly disagrees
    “The European Union has evolved significantly since the last public vote on membership over thirty years ago. Liberal Democrats therefore believe that there should be an in/out referendum the next time a British Government signs up for more change”
  • Even if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Britain should not support any military action against Iran.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “You achieve nothing by war. War sometimes facilitates or encourages diplomacy. But nothing more.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    strongly agrees
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    is neutral
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    disagrees
    “We oppose military action against Iran as it would only make a volatile situation worse, strengthening the hand of extremists against moderates. Instead, the international community must continue to use diplomacy, engage constructively.”
  • British troops should stay in Afghanistan as long as they are needed.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    is neutral
    “We should have a royal commission to study the situation in Afghan. Nobody has ever "won" there. But are we trying to "stabilise" Helmand for a major gas pipeline project?”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    is neutral
    “Insufficient space and time for my answer to this very complex question.”
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    is neutral
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    agrees
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Liberal Democrats are critical supporters of the mission in Afghanistan. We believe that the new strategy is the last, best hope for success.”
  • Britain spends too much money on foreign aid.
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    John Wallace (UK Independence Party - UKIP)
    disagrees
    “There will always be need for support of other nations. but we must ensure that the money goes to where it's needed, and not into the pockets of corrupt politicians.”
    David Aherne (Green Party)
    disagrees
    Stuart Dearsley (Christian Party - Proclaiming Christ's Lordship)
    is neutral
    Ian Ross (Labour Party)
    strongly disagrees
    Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrats)
    agrees
    “Liberal Democrats are committed to working towards a world free from poverty, inequality and injustice. We will increase the UK’s aid budget to reach the UN target of 0.7% of GNI by 2013 and enshrine that target in law.”

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