Andrew Adams

party: Labour Party
constituency: North West Hampshire

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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)

The tension between the right to individual freedom and the evident requirements of the intelligence services to work effectively to combat the many threats we face is a very important and challenging issue. I have always been on the side of freedom as the default and will always seek a strong evidence base for any measures that impinge on that freedom, however we must recognise the importance of the work done be the relevant agencies to tackle terrorism and other threats. The three principles laid out by the Don’t Spy On Us campaign are in my opinion a sound basis and if elected I will do all I can to promote individual freedoms within a sound evidence based policy.

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

Thank you for raising this important issue, some of the examples quoted are very striking and I will commit to doing all I can to highlight this area within our health policy and work with local providers to ensure that carers can remain with patients wherever possible.

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

We should have a strong legal basis for free speech the principles of which should apply throughout the UK.

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

Labour are the only party with a strong policy to get a better deal for people in the private rented sector. I wish to see Housing Assosciations playing a much bigger role in market rent provision to drive up standards and down costs. To refer to 'rent control' is a complicated issue, however I feel we have a strong policy to make a real difference to people in the rental sector.

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

We need to raise standards of landlords and where appropriate this should include minimum standards. We need to see Housing Assosciations and other responsible providers playing a much larger role to raise standards across the board.

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

Labour have a strong policy on house building to tackle the housing crises on all fronts and to cater for all who need quality places to live, we need to see a very significant rise in housebuilding but also reform of the rental sector, dealing with empty homes and other measures.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

House prices have rampantly grown baring no relation to wages. We need a stable house market but also the promition and reform of the rental sector as a viable alternative to the perception of home ownership being a criteria for success.

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

Labour have a strong policy to tackle the housing crisis on all fronts. I would support all responsible and effective measures to provide better, afforable housing and reduce reliance on housing benefit.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Any restriction to information should be based on sound evidence / a strong basis in safety / security concerns and in the final analysis monitored and controlled independently from politics.

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

organisation: CISTA

We need a strong evidence based and less ideological approach to drugs and drug addiction, I would support any appropriate review of our drug laws.