Robin McGhee

party: Liberal Democrats
constituency: Kensington

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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

Yes.

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.

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.

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 haven't looked into this in detail, but probably yes I would support such a tax in some form.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

We need to make significant reductions in the scope of the intelligence services including major cuts to GCHQ and MI5.

We need a written constitution guaranteeing the right to privacy, to ensure no government could abridge this right.

We need a series of repeals and reforms to existing law including repeal of most post-2000 terrorism legislation. These reforms are outlined in Liberal Democrat and activist groups publications.

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

This is a technical question I am not qualified to answer, but there is of course no question they should be equally welcome.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

None, except as part of the restrictions on freedom more generally imposed by a conviction for an offence.

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

Basically yes. It depends on the local authority though due to the extraordinary variety of rents around the country.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Basically yes, though it varies radically across the country. Certainly in London prices are now generally too high.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes. I support legalisation of drugs subject to appropriately heavy restrictions on who can supply and purchase them.