Ashley Dickenson

party: Christian Peoples Alliance
constituency: Carshalton and Wallington

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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

I don't see why not.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I would suggest only information that is NOT for my eyes only but for those who need to know. Though it would concern me that information on the Internet that Joe Public does not need to know should be there initially.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

While admittedly we have become a surveillance state (George Orwell was ahead of his time) I would wish for the law to be strengthened to respect everyone's rights (if 'spotted' on camera) to privacy and for those rights not to be abused. Only if CCTV evidence was necessary in the reporting of crime.

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

I would support this and equally I would support proper sheltered housing for those with dementia - as my party the CPA supports. On Breakfast News this morning it was suggested that alcohol treatment centres be set up (under NHS governance) for drunk folk who would otherwise take up unnecessary space in A & E areas, so there should be similar set-ups for dementia sufferers with accomodation for their carers.

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

I certainly would, as a pre-condition against any refugees / asylum seekers being exploited. I am not too sure if a rent freeze, such as proposed by the New Labour Party, should it win the election, would be helpful as, if after three years as has been proposed, rents were to increase this would disadvantage new tenants.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

In some areas but that is the nature of those areas. More housing needs to be built, especially on brownfield sites, that I would support tax breaks for, if elected. To give people a sense of permanence in their communities is one of CPAs policies but this does not necessarily mean through housing ownership: housing associations (eg the Peabody Trust in Westminster) also have a part to play in this respect.

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

That sounds interesting. Would have to give it some thought.

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

organisation: CISTA

Surely the cost of a Royal Commission could go towards a) fighting the drug trade if we still continue as we are in a 'war on drugs' or b) a Parliamentary debate to legalise drugs? I see the arguments from both sides but have yet to decide which side I shall take.

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

I'm not too sure about that. By this surely it means that people support a fair rent, though in case of a socialistic-style law being imposed on all landlords to keep their rents limited, would this not put some landlords out of business.