Michael Desmond

party: Labour Party
constituency: Faversham and Mid Kent

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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)

I believe a number of local authorities allow surveillance for relatively petty reasons - it should only be available if authorised by the senior Monitoring Officer - usually, the borough solicitor - and constrained to serious issues like major fraud or terrorism - not dog fouling!

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

As much information as possible should be available, national security is a legitimate reason for excluding some items and occasionally, commercial sensitivity.

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

organisation: CISTA

I am not in favour of liberalising Britain's drug laws, but do believe a Royal Commission would be useful so there can be a meaningful national debate. I'm very concerned about access to rehabilitation, which has been seriously diminished in recent years