Ian Middleton

party: Green Party
constituency: Banbury

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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 would return to the spirit of previous surveillance laws whereby any such activities needed to be authorised by a court order rather than the apparently ad hoc nature of surveillance now

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

By the same means. We should be providing hospitals with areas that people can stay to support loved ones and where possible set up specific centres to cater of these issues. Of course this will depend on us retaining a fully free and properly funded NHS which is something the Green Party is absolutely committed to.

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. Having been threatened on this basis myself on occasions where I was merely expressing an opinion and after being bullied by no less an organisation than the BBC on a number of occasions, I very much support the work of 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. Absolutely.

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. Too many landlords are being allowed to rent sub-standard properties for obscene rents. All rented housing should be licensed and landlords made to conform to recognised and agreed standards

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

The Green Party would spend £100Bn over the next parliament to build 500,000 socially rented homes with rent control. We need to build more affordable, comfortable homes to rent

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 more information on this specific proposal. But I and the Green Party do support a reduction in the kinds of tax breaks being offered to private BTL landlords. Especially things like the annual maintenance allowance and mortgage tax relief.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

The only information I believe should be restricted on the internet is extreme pornography, child abuse, animal abuse and such similar materials

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes. Houses should be homes not investment vehicles. The only way we will see a return to sensible house prices is by building more socially rented homes and reducing the number of industrial scale buy-to-let landlords out there. I have no problem with small landlords letting out properties on reasonable terms, but there is far too much profiteering going on across the board. Coalition policies such as help to buy and the new mortgage deposit ISAs have done nothing more than re-inflate the housing price bubble. Our economy is once more based on the shifting foundations of crazy house prices and massive consumer debt. It seems like we've learned nothing from the last 7 years.