John Clarke

party: Labour Party
constituency: Witham

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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

All people in UK shouldhave the same free speech protections.

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

I support rent controls.

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.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I am in favour of Unrestricted information concerning companies unless covered by patent laws, copyright laws or security issues.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I am not from a legal background, however given that we do need a level of surveillance law (something which itself needs challenging!) I believe better and more open oversight is the key to protecting the rights of law-abiding people. Innocent until proven guilty is still a good test.

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

I am not from a legal background but there must be ways of transferring these ideas from children to other vulnerable people.

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

I was born on a Salford council estate & fully support building MORE social housing as well as stopping the sale of social housing.

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'm not sure the words "tax break" correctly describes the offsetting of interest payments on loans which are genuine 'costs' to many landlords, as well as organisations supplying social housing. 'Costs' are something afforded to all organisations with 'costs' to offset against profits. However I am in favour of all organisations coming under scrutiny for 'costs' which they offset against 'profits'.