Jonathan Richard Clatworthy

party: Green Party
constituency: Liverpool, Walton

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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)

There is too much surveillance, defended on the basis of security, but information can then be used for other purposes. Security should be enhanced by policies that promote international peace.

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

The Green Party's policies would greatly improve the quality of the National Health Service, with particular emphasis on the needs of the mentally ill.

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


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


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

The Green Party's policy is to build an extra 500,000 homes by 2020.

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

organisation: Generation Rent


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 don't know whether a rent tax is the best way to solve the problem, but the present situation is very unsatisfactory.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

The main problem with internet information is the huge amount of misinformation, mainly by large private companies. Also hate campaigns. There is a place for restriction, but it should be democratically controlled for publicly acknowledged reasons. So there should be no restrictions by private companies - not even Facebook.

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

organisation: CISTA

The present drug laws make things worse. They need to be radically changed. I don't know whether a Royal Commission is the place to start.