Daniel Goldsmith

party: Green Party
constituency: Brentford and Isleworth

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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

Yes, but this should be a matter for the Scottish and Northern Irish people.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Information should not be restricted at all. Certain groups, such as children need to be protected, and there should be mechanisms to do this, such as parental control, which don't restrict the internet.

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 manifesto commitments to invest in dementia services. This will ensure that support is available for all affected by this debilitating disease, including families and carers. People with dementia should have their carers remain with them in hospital.

How would you reform surveillance law, oversight and practice to respect the rights of law-abiding people?

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I would repeal data retention and investigatory powers legislation and end the blanket retention of data. The current legislation undermines our basic rights. Any surveillance should be targeted and proportionate, and approved by the judiciary, not ministers. There must be proper parliamentary oversight of the intelligence agencies.

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, I support this. Good housing is a basic human right and there are some unscrupulous landlords out there. Our manifesto calls for a mandatory licensing scheme for landlords.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes, they are beyond the means of most young people to afford. We should provide more houses by building 500,000 new social homes and bringing back into use half of the estimated 610,000 empty houses in the country.

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

The Green party wants to abolish landlord perks, such as tax deductions against a variety of expenditures, including mortgage interest relief. Ending mortgage interest tax relief alone would raise £5.8 billion a year to invest in building new affordable homes. And our proposals for a fairer tax system all round would also help raise much needed funds to help end the housing crisis.

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

Our manifesto calls for a spend on social housing of £6 billion a year by the end of next parliament. That would help build 500,000 new social homes and create 35,000 jobs. We would also lift the borrowing cap on councils.

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

Our manifesto calls for smart rent control that caps annual rent increases linked to the Consumer Price Index and five-year fixed tenancy agreements to give secure tenure. We would set up a Living Rent Commission to explore whether controls could bring rents more in line with local average incomes, since rents are already too high.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes, we should move away from treating drug usage as a criminal issue and instead treat it as a medical issue. The manifesto includes a commitment to establish a Royal Commission