Kate Simpson

party: Green Party
constituency: Dagenham and Rainham

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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.

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

We would build 500 000 social 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

Definitely.

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

Yes.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

The Green Party believes that illegal mass surveillance must be opposed.

We fully support our police and security services in their work to protect the British public from acts of terror and other threats to their safety. However, such threats should not be used as an excuse to give any agency blanket powers of intrusion or surveillance.

The Green Party believes that such powers must be used to guard against the actions of a tiny minority - not to invade the privacy of the law-abiding majority of ordinary citizens.

We think that our intelligence agencies must be properly regulated and overseen to ensure they are working appropriately and proportionately; and we believe that surveillance must take place within a proper judicial framework.

The Green Party will act to protect whistleblowers, such as Edward Snowden, who oppose illegal intrusion by the state.

We believe the United Kingdom government should take joint action with other states to protect citizens and companies from espionage and mass surveillance.

The European Union must press for the immediate completion of negotiations on a data protection framework agreement for the law enforcement sector between the EU and the US, before considering future trade and security treaties.

For a fuller version of our thinking in this area, read this document by Green Party Assembly Member Jenny Jones:

https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/The%20Surveillance%20State.pdf

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

The Green Party believes that illegal mass surveillance must be opposed.

We fully support our police and security services in their work to protect the British public from acts of terror and other threats to their safety. However, such threats should not be used as an excuse to give any agency blanket powers of intrusion or surveillance.

The Green Party believes that such powers must be used to guard against the actions of a tiny minority - not to invade the privacy of the law-abiding majority of ordinary citizens.

We think that our intelligence agencies must be properly regulated and overseen to ensure they are working appropriately and proportionately; and we believe that surveillance must take place within a proper judicial framework.

The Green Party will act to protect whistleblowers, such as Edward Snowden, who oppose illegal intrusion by the state.

We believe the United Kingdom government should take joint action with other states to protect citizens and companies from espionage and mass surveillance.

The European Union must press for the immediate completion of negotiations on a data protection framework agreement for the law enforcement sector between the EU and the US, before considering future trade and security treaties.

For a fuller version of our thinking in this area, read this document by Green Party Assembly Member Jenny Jones:

https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/The%20Surveillance%20State.pdf

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

Thanks for bringing this important issue to my attention. The Green Party agrees with the Alzheimer's Society that dementia should be a health priority for the next Parliament; all the more so because in an ageing population, the number of people living with dementia will certainly grow. We believe those people, and their families, should be given the treatment, care and support they need, including the right to remain in hospital when their relative needs them.