David Kesteven

party: Green Party
constituency: North East Derbyshire

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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)

I do not know how surveillance law functions at the moment so am unable to comment.

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

A properly funded NHS with decisions being made as locally as possible should ensure that people with dementia and their carers as well treated with compassion and understanding in hospitals. This would include the provision of overnight stays.

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


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, absolutely. • Reform the private rented sector by introducing a Living Rent Tenancy, including 5-year fixed tenancy agreements, a rent control that caps annual rent increases linked to the Consumer Price Index, abolition of letting agents fees, security of tenancy, abolition of insurance-based deposit schemes, local not-for-profit letting agencies.

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

Yes, landlords should be licenced. Fair rents and assured tenancies are also important controls that should be applied to the private rented sector

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 this is essential

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes, the construction of affordable housing should be a priority, something that the market cannot supply

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

I do not think this is Green Party policy, our plans for the private rented sector are more radical.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I do not believe the state or private companies should be able to restrict access to information that they control. However I believe that people have a right to personal privacy and should take care with what they share on the internet.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes, I believe that drug abuse should be considered a health, not a criminal, issue.