Brian Smith

party: Green Party
constituency: Staffordshire Moorlands

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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)

Surveillance must be fair and proportionate. Oversight must be democratic and accountable. One Government Minister must be personally accountable for the administration and monitoring of surveillance.

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

NHS Reinstatement Bill, end Health and Social Care Act 2012. Return the NHS to caring not profit. Involve Third Sector and family members in the care process. Introduce the Citizens Income to validate and provide basic financial support for all carers.

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, libel is potentially damaging and dangerous. Everyone should have protection from intended abuse. However this must not be used as a means of limiting freedom of expression.

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. 100% support for rent tribunals and fair rent schemes.

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 enforced testing and inspection of all services at change of occupancy, not just Gas.

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, build 500,000 houses for Social Housing. £5 billion a year is just about the right amount ;-)

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

organisation: Generation Rent

YES, build houses reduce shortage of supply. End right to buy. Make property affordable again.

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

Eliminate Buy to Let mortgage tax relief [£5.8 billion saved] build 500,000 new social housing dwellings. Take the 'heat' out of the rental market by meeting expected demand. End right to buy and allow Local Authorities to borrow finance to build new houses. So yes 100% support from me!

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Personal privacy must always be more important than Government and Corporate access. Any significant threat is often used as an excuse to restrict freedom and increase surveillance. We must work on the threats, not limit personal privacy.

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

organisation: CISTA

YES, prohibition stops nothing. Ignorance kills.