John Martin McDonnell

party: Labour Party
constituency: Hayes and Harlington

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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

Yes

Recent polling show that people support rent control by a margin of nine to one. Do you support a rent control that limits rent rises between tenancies as well as during tenancies?

organisation: Generation Rent

I support rent controls at all stages.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I expressed my concerns in Parliament at the wide powers being given to state agencies under the Counter Terrorism Act. I raised consistently the need for additional protections for journalists and other professionals that had a duty of confidentiality to their sources and clients. I will seek to amend the current legislation to ensure that applications for surveillance have judicial oversight and are challengeable in the courts.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes. Building more council homes to rent will bring down prices.

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

Thee should be a legally enforceable statutory duty placed upon health and care bodies to ensure this is provided for, access to representation for carers in the event of disputes and adequate funding health and care bodies to establish the provision required.

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 prefer rent controls but would support the tax if this was all that was on offer.

Britain spends £24 billion on housing benefit and less than £1.5 billion on building homes. Do you support an increase in the social housebuilding grant to £5 billion a year to build homes?

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes. I support a mass council house building programme. I believe that 500,000 homes a year is achievable.

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

Yes. I deal with families living in appalling conditions and this would tackle this problem.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I do not believe in restrictions except where there is an act of criminality being planned or threatened and then subject to judicial determination and oversight.