Clare Campion-Smith

party: Liberal Democrats
constituency: Bristol North West

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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)

Pleaes refer to our manifesto but and also refer to Julian Huppert who was the Lib Dem MP for Cambridge in the last Parliament. His actins and campaigns give a clear indication of our views on our this subject.

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

Yes if it decreases the distress of the patient. I would want to see more patients treated in their own homes and families given the support they need

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. There would need to be well defined criteria and an appeal system so that if a propoerty had a major upgrade then it could be considered as a new property on the market

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. The minimum standards should be negotiated locally working with responsible landlords and tenants

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 need more housing and more social housing. I woulod need to know more before committing myself to a figure

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

organisation: Generation Rent


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

organisation: CISTA

Yes. I would like the categoristaion of drugs to be removed from politicians and I would like the personal use of drugs to be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal one.

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 would need to know more but my instinct is to look in detail at housing benefit and make sure that the system is fit for purpose and certainly to look at tax breaks and question why they are there. Adding a rent tax might well complicate the system and simple systmes tend to get better compliance