James Doyle

party: Green Party
constituency: East Worthing and Shoreham

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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

To be honest, I wasn't aware they didn't have the same protections. I'd support equal protections, but obviously I feel this should be a matter for the Scottish Parliament and the NI Assembly.

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 the Green Party's policy for a cap on rent rises linked to price inflation; a licensing system for landlords, and better protection for tenants

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

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

I support the Green Party's policy of planning for 500,000 affordable homes over the next 5 years, and freeing up councils and housing associations to build new council houses and social housing, financed through increased taxation.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes: demand is far greater than supply. Restrictions on the ability of councils and housing associations to build new affordable homes, the continued erosion of stocks through Right to Buy (the proposed expansion of which I totally oppose) and landbanking by developers all need to be dealt with, so that we can stop the current spiralling prices

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 vote for the green Party's policy of removing tax breaks from private landlords.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Every individual should have the right to have privacy on the internet, so personal information should be protected from abuse by the state or companies.
And neither the state nor corporatons should be allowed to impede our access to general information any more than they would impede access to food, water or energy,

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes