Eddy Butler

party: English Democrats
constituency: Harlow

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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 am suspicious of state surveillance. It should be possible but with strict safeguards - the same sort of regulation that requires the issue of a search warrant.

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

In many hospitals to my knowledge this is not an issue. Where it is an issue I would suggest it is as a result of over officious behaviour. I would not want to legislate on such matters but rather encourage openness and a friendly culture. And if necessary name and shame the petty minded.

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

I don't think the English system is worthy of copying.

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 do not support rent increases during the term of a lease. In general rent control leads to a cut in the supply of housing. I do not support this.

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

No. I support a free market where possible. The tenant is not obliged to rent an unsatisfactory dwelling.

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

Those two figures are not linked. A significant number of housing benefit claimants are in social housing. There are numerous claims on Government finance and not all can be met. There is a never ending demand for new houses due to uncontrolled immigration. Until that situation is stabilised it is futile coming out with pipe dreams about extravagant house building schemes.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

In some parts of the country they are but not in others

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

No. It would restrict the availability of privately rented property and push up rents. Rent income is taxed anyway.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I don' think it should be restricted - however certain terrorist or paedophile groups for example should be restricted from putting information on the internet

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

organisation: CISTA

To tighten controls up - yes!