Paul Woodhead

party: Green Party
constituency: Cannock Chase

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

In a complex society and against a backdrop of such rapidly evolving technology advances there does need to be a careful balance between individual rights to freedom and the need for broader public safety. Mass data collection is not a position I support and do not see the need further the use of data and subsequent profiling by corporations does need greater regulation and control to ensure an individuals rights to freedom of expression and liberty.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

This is beyond my area of expertise and would need to explore the subject in more detail to offer a considered position. My instinct is for careful use of the images collected and control over the use of information to allow people to move about their business freely whilst the appropriate use of law enforcement techniques to promote crime detection and prevention

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

The role of carer's feels, to me, to be undervalued and in particular around the support of vulnerable adults. It is generally accepted that people live better with dementia when supported in their own home and where necessary with familiar support in hospital. From my conversations to try and understand this through Dementia Friends and the Alzheimers Society a greater education of the general public will aid people living well with dementia and this should be extended more broadly within healthcare

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

Free speech is, to me, one of the pillars of our democratic society and the ability to express views is important and we should promote a greater debate across society to win over hateful rheotoric with passionate arguments for the Common Good.

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

In the sixth richest Country on the Planet the right to a safe place to live should not be a discussion that is needed. It is a reflection on the greed predicated within sections of society that we have to have this discussion and it saddens me. Yes we must have minimum standards in housing and the responsibilty of landlords to provide these must be enshrined with law with appropriate restitution measures to ensure compliance