Bob Griffin

party: Liberal Democrats
constituency: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

The state has no right to the surveillance of ordinary people and we must be careful that private companies do not gather information on individuals such that the state or others can gain access to this information as an invasion of privacy. This is a moving target and needs constant vigilance.

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

This issue is part of the wider problem of developing the NHS to be more patient friendly, more aware of patients needs in an holistic way, and making room for different ways of delivering care. It is not about a lot of NHS administrators writing policies and developing strategies and targets.

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

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, and the standards must be applied equally to private landlords, Housing Associations and Council housing.

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, but more social housing will not necessarily reduce the amount required for housing benefit.

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

Yes, but I would want to do this very carefully. We should not punish the many landlords who own one or two properties and are generally good to their tenants, and the tax rate must be low to make sure this doesn't just generate more empty properties, or complicated avoidance schemes that make bad landlords even less accountable.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

Outside of the protection of children and perhaps vulnerable adults, there should be no restrictions.