Tim Dawes

party: Green Party
constituency: Havant

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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)

Yes. There needs to be a careful and independent review of the balance of rights and security.

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 hope they always are, though in many cases, even in a final life situation, hospitals are not the right place for dementia patients in my opinion. In cases where dementia patients are hospitalised their carers should have the same access rtghts, including sty over facilities, as parents of children.

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

That is a matter for the people of those countries - with different legal codes, but, morally speaking, yes of course.

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 and its in The green party manifesto.

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. Some are - eg Gas inspections - but other Health and Safety and environmental related standards should be mandatory for rented properties.

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

Yes and more. We are committed to building an additional 500,000 Council houses in the next parliament. It's in the manifesto.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes. Much too high.

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 support a ban on Buy to Let landlords receiving mortgage interest relief. I would not support a Rent Tax as I don't think its the right mechanism to either reduce rents or build more houses to rent.

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 thinking... no degree at all. Though it might be sensible to insist on published warnings in some cases and there has to be open judicial way of reporting and removing inaccurate and libellous content.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes. I would vote for immediate decriminalisation of possession and for a Royal Commission as suggest. Both policies are in the Green Party manifesto.