Sean Woodcock

party: Labour Party
constituency: Banbury

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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)

Some surveillance is needed to protect British citizens and our free way of life. However there needs to be far greater scrutiny of practices by the intelligence community and surveillance should be conducted on the basis of reasonable suspicion rather than just fishing.

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

Absolutely.

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.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

In some areas 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

No, as I believe that this would diminish the supply of private rental accommodation for those on housing benefit. What we need to do is build more houses.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I don't believe it should but there needs to be greater accountability for libellous or inaccurate content or where a site incites violence.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes.