Martyn Curzey

party: Green Party
constituency: Aldridge-Brownhills

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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)

The Green Party and myself supports a world of open, freely flowing information. I don't want disproportionate or unaccountable surveillance or
censorship. I want a transparent state, but I want control over the data that our digital lives create.
If elected, the Green Party will oppose any case for secret unaccountable mass surveillance of the type exposed by Edward Snowden. We do accept that
government law enforcement agencies may occasionally need to intercept communications in specific circumstances. Such
specific surveillance should be proportionate, necessary, effective and within the rule of law, with independent judicial approval
and genuine parliamentary oversight.

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 happily vote in favour of right of carers to remain with people with dementia in hospital, if the currently strained NHS system is able to cope through the radical reform that the Green Party suggests in it's manifesto.

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, I believe that the UK should have the same level of protection

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 believe that housing should be affordable. As a young person, who is currently having to live at home with my parents, I know for a fact that housing is inaccessible for many people over Britain. Rent prices should be controlled and limited to ensure that no person is without a place they can call home.

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

As a recent graduate, I know that the current minimum standards for housing can be very poor. There should definitely be an enforced minimum standard in housing before any person is allowed to rent that space.

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

I fully support the reintroduction of social housing, and I truly believe that better, cheaper, more energy efficient homes need to be made available, while also ensuring a minimal ecological impact.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Personally, as someone who lives with their parents because of the high prices of rent and housing, I do believe house prices are currently too high.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I am in full support of internet freedom. I would like to see the introduction of a more satisfactory law on so-called malicious comments made on social media than the blanket and crude section 127 of the Communications Act 2003. I personally oppose the privatisation of data held by the government that should be open to all, such as the Postcode Address File, or by companies providing public services, such as data on the progress of buses that can be used by Smartphone apps to predict waiting times. I also oppose the sale of personal data, such as health or tax records, for commercial or other ends. Use government purchasing power to support open standards in information technology.