Nick Palmer

party: Labour Party
constituency: Broxtowe

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How would you reform surveillance law, oversight and practice to respect the rights of law-abiding people?

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

In general it seems to me that surveillance of websites accessed and persons contacted should require a judicial warrant, rather than the fishing expeditions currently practiced.

The right of parents to remain with their children in hospital has been established for over forty years. How would you ensure carers of people with dementia are equally welcome in hospital?

organisation: John's Campaign

That is a new idea to me, but a welcome suggestion. I'm not sure that permanent co-residence would be practical, but I would like to see carers welcomed for the initial period in particular. If the patient no longer recognises the carer, it is perhaps best for the carer to attempt to resume life outside the hospital environment.

Should people in Scotland and Northern Ireland have the same free speech protections from libel bullies as their neighbours in England and Wales?

organisation: English PEN

I'm not familiar with the comparative law on this, and would welcome a briefing from PEN.

The standards of goods and services that are essential, such as food and water, are generally highly regulated. Do you support enforced minimum standards in housing as a precondition of a renting?

organisation: Generation Rent

In principle yes - we would need to discuss how high to set the standard.

Governments implement policies that directly and indirectly impact on house prices. Do you think house prices are too high?

organisation: Generation Rent


Private sector landlords receive over £27bn a year in housing benefit and tax breaks. Would you support a rent tax that recouped up to a third of this to fund new housing supply?

organisation: Generation Rent

I'd be cautious in considering a radical proposal that drew up to £9bn/year out of the rental sector - I think there could be serious unexpected consequences.

To what degree should access to information on the internet be restricted by the state or private companies?

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Where the access would be likely to be used to commit a crime under British law - for instance, accessing child pornography.

Would you support the creation of a Royal Commission to review Britain’s drug laws?

organisation: CISTA