Clive Martin

party: Green Party
constituency: Taunton Deane

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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)

We must no longer allow the undemocratic mass surveillance documented by Edward Snowden. This has been described correctly as "creating a haystack to not find a needle in". Security services should target their resources on known and potential threats, not undertake illegal mass surveillance, and should be subject to stronger controls and more democratic oversight.

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

The Green Party respects the contribution of carers to our society and calls for an immediate increase in Carer's Allowance. Carers of those with dementia should be valued for what they do. They should have a legal right to remain with the person they care for in hospital and that should be offered to them as standard practice.

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. I am opposed to libel tourism. Libel should only be subject to court action in the places where the alleged libel has been genuinely "published".

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, this is official Green Party policy and is in our manifesto. We have to give more rights to tenants, as in other European countries.

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. We need to make renting a secure and agreeable housing option.

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. The Green Party calls for the money currently spent in subsidising buy-to-let landlords, via the netting off of their mortgage payments against their profits, to instead be spent on building 100,000 council homes a year over the next 5 years. Housing Benefit that is paid to private sector tenants is actually a way of transferring resources from the taxpayer (and we are all taxpayers!) into the pockets of private landlords.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Housing has become an asset, not a home. We have the weirdest housing market in the world. Nowhere else organises housing this badly. This is the fault of disastrous government policies over the last 35 years. Of course house prices are too high - d'oh!

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 in favour of an open source, open rights, approach to the internet and am opposed to internet access being restricted by private companies. The state must have some rights to patrol the internet, but only to prevent illegal activity.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes - if that would be an effective way to move towards decriminalisation and a rational, evidence-based, approach to drug policy. We should treat "illegal" drugs such as cannabis, heroin, etc., in a way that promotes harm reduction. Alcohol is probably the most destructive drug but we do not approach the issue in a rational way in this country, giving far too much weight to tabloid hysteria and the vested interests and lobbying power of tobacco and drinks companies.