David Stevens

party: Green Party
constituency: Bradford East

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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)

Who watches the watchmen? You need judicial review and independent oversight.

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. Are they not already?

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


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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Only in very limited circumstance, prevention of terrorism, witness protection, protection of a right to anonymity etc.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes. I've been a police officer and the war on drugs is the wrong way to deal with the drugs problem.

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 don't see the point in taxing a subsidy, but we need to stop wasting £27bn on housing benefit and start building new council housing

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

We need to be much better at looking after people with dementia. My sister recently gave birth to a premature baby and she lived in a flat for six months on the hospital campus. Similar facilities could and should be available to the spouses of dementia patients.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes. too much of our economy is based upon treating property as an investment rather than as a home.

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

We need to stop transferring tax payers money to landlords via housing benefit and get our economy moving again by building new affordable homes.

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

Rent controls are part of the solution, but they're really tackling the symptom. The problem is the lack of affordable social housing.