Caroline Lucas

party: Green Party
constituency: Brighton, Pavilion

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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 - assuming that's what they want too.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Not at all. Some materials are not suitable for all users and we need to protect eg young people but this must be done without undermining the principle of a free internet.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes I do. In Brighton Pavilion they are some of the highest in the country and that has a worrying impact on local residents. I've been campaigning for the measures in my Housing Charter to help make housing affordable again: http://bit.ly/1p1tAhn

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

For starters I'd repeal DRIP (data retention and investigatory powers) legislation to, among other things, end the blanket retention of data. It's unlawful anyway because it undermines our basic rights. Surveillance should be targeted and proportionate - and it shouldn't be a substitute for investigating suspects. I also want to see proper parliamentary oversight of the intelligence agencies and judicial authorisation for surveillance.

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 I do. Most landlords are responsible and responsive but a tiny minority are not. I think minimum standards, especially in relation to homes being warm and dry, would make a huge difference to people renting in Brighton Pavilion.

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. Rent levels are out of control and need to be capped. I also think we need to look at what a "living rent" level looks like. It's all very well controlling rent increases, but for many of the people I speak to in Brighton Pavilion existing rents are already too high and capping them at that level doesn't get to the heart of the problem. So we need to ask what's a fair level of rent compared to eg average earnings and can we make that the starting point?

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes. I've campaigned for this over the last 5 years, including setting up a petition calling for a full impact assessment and cost benefit analysis of our drugs laws, and securing a major parliamentary debate on the subject. My Party's manifesto includes a commitment to establish a Royal Commission.

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

I want the grant for building social housing to go up to £6 billion a year by the end of next parliament. That would help build 500,000 new social homes and create 35,000 jobs - my Party's manifesto sets out how we would do this, including how we'd lift the borrowing cap on councils.

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

My Party's manifesto contains a specific commitment to invest in dementia services, ensuring that support is available for all affected by this debilitating disease, including families and carers. For me, that absolutely means people with dementia having their carers remain with them in hospital - that's what practical support looks like.

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

My Party wants to abolish landlord perks, such as tax deductions against a variety of expenditures, including mortgage interest relief. Ending mortgage interest tax relief alone would raise £5.8 billion a year to invest in building new affordable homes. And our proposals for a fairer tax system all round would also help raise much needed funds to help end the housing crisis.