Alistair Straw

party: Green Party
constituency: Chorley

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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

Of course

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


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 and more if needed

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

To no degree, Information on the Internet should not be restricted.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes, I am yet to buy my first house, and even with a large deposit I am still out of reach of a basic house.

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

Yea that's a good idea, having been a student quite recently and visiting a lot of my fellow students rents, I was disgusted with what some of the landlords could get away with because the students were so desperate for somewhere to live.

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

No, I think that is the wrong way to go about that. It would be best to remove the tax breaks and regulate how much landlords can charge for people who use housing benefits.

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

organisation: CISTA

No, Why waste the time and effort, get a panel of pharmacology experts, drug rehabilitation clinic workers, pharmacists and social workers and get them to collude to come up with the best situation.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

By not spying on everyone all of the time and by then deleting the records of people after a number of years0. I am aware everything may be being scanned and recorded and only potentially threatening data being flagged up, this I believe is prudent, but when anyone can then be scrutinised for any belief they hold I find it disgusting. Especially when environmentalists are treated like terrorists.