Shane O'Donnell

party: Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol
constituency: Holborn and St Pancras

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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


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 absolutely

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I think individual privacy for online content should be respected. However I also am aware that it has been effective in some cases with catching terrorists and other crime. It should only be used on extenuating circumstances and there is a valid case against an individual. The state and big companies sharing and monitoring everyone has brought us to an extreme case of "big brother" which has fed down to feed conspiracy theorists who on the ground gather fear and paranoia amongst the public. Without the surveillance happening we wouldn't have things like this aiding people to lose faith and ultimately turn against the state

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I would restrict it to needing a warrant, so therefore normal law-abiding citizens do not get unnecessarily monitored

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 personally believe that every person in hospital should be allowed at least 1 immediate family member or carer to stay with them in hospital. I know logistically it can't happen but on cases such as dementia and other really serious illnesses I think it should be a priority

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, as a renter myself I know how difficult it is and how much more difficult in gets, especially in London, every year

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


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, we desperately need to invest more in homes, especially since selling of housing association houses we didn't build adequately to replace the loss in numbers, and with that due to happen once again,extra funding for extra social housing is desperately needed

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes, way to high, both to buy and to rent

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes absolutely, currently the drug laws are not working. A Royal Commission and an overhaul is needed to these old laws that do nothing but victimise the young and vulnerable and protect no one