Paul Couchman

party: Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
constituency: Spelthorne

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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)

I am opposed to the high level of surveillance already in place. I believe we have to change society to a more socialist one where most 'crime' would wither away - along with the role of the state.

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

Simple. Parents and carers should be allowed to stay with their children and loved ones whilst in care. The resources and planning necessary must be provided.

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

Yes. Rents should be capped - not benefits.

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. All rented housing should meet minimum enforceable standards.

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. At least

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes

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 would prefer to bring these properties back into public ownership and then rent them as high quality low rental council housing.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I am generally opposed to censorship but I find it difficult to maintain that position when it comes to child pornography for instance.

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

organisation: CISTA

No. I would support a people's commission. I am a staunch republican.