Helen Salisbury

party: National Health Action Party
constituency: Oxford West and Abingdon

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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 would follow the lead taken by Liberty - currently the law has swung too in favour of minimally restricted surveillance for a variety of ill-defined purposes and by a wide range of bodies. This needs to be tightened up wiht a stricter need for warrants

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

This is really important both to reduce distress of patients and to help the smooth running of hospital wards. Facilities for the relatives or carers of patients with dementia should match those of parents - this may need to come as a directive from the department of health.

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


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. I also think that standard tenancy agreements should be much longer to give tenants more security.

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 - local authorities need the budgets and the authority to enforce minimum standards

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

This depends on what information you are talking about. I think there should be ret

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. And stop the right to buy which has moved vast amounts of secure low priced social housing into the insecure, overpriced private rented sector

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

organisation: Generation Rent

House price inflation does not help society or the economy

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

Not sure on the exact sums but we should be getting rid of the tax breaks, controlling rents and building more homes

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes - taking an evidenced based approach