Julian Gabriel St.John Ware-Lane

party: Labour Party
constituency: Southend West

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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 unsure - and would be interested to hear the debate on this. However, whilst CCTV etc has been a useful tool in tackling crime, I do understand the concerns of those who worry about over-surveillance.

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

It sounds fair, although I would want to know about the costs and how this would be paid for before passing final judgement.

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

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

Not sure. I ceratinly want more social house building.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

House prices are a feature of a supply and demand capitalist society. House prices are too high, but aside from some help for first-time buyers, the real answer lies in more house building.

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 am unsure. I certainly support the idea of a rents control board. Rent is income and should be taxed as such.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Providing it is not for illegal activities I would not restrict access to any site or information. Any censorship, for whatever reason, must not be by private companies; at least the state is democratically accountable.

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

organisation: CISTA

I am not opposed to the idea.