Stephen Gordon

party: Liberal Democrats
constituency: Waveney

back to candidate list

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

The Lib Dems have proposed a Digital Bill of Rights which I fully support. See here

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 absolutely, particularly for rented accommodation where there is appalling exploitation by private landlords putting clients into sub-standard accommodation for high rents.

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

Of course although differences between short stay and long stay need to be though through.

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 they should!

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 do

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes I would.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Until we build sufficient new housing to cater for those who need them prices will reai high. We must buld more council, social and low-cost housing to mitigate against high rents and high house prices.

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

This sounds like a good idea in principle. The details would need to be studied. There should also be minimum standards set for quality of rented accommodation and active pursuit with fines of landlords who do not meet them.

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

This sounds like a reasonable proposition and one I would support. We have set a goal of 300,000 homes a year, including 10 new garden cities in areas where homes are most needed.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

In the modern digital age, the power of the state and of corporate
interests can threaten our privacy and liberty. Lib Dems in coalition have achieved
much in rolling back the over-mighty state – passing the first ever
Protection of Freedoms Act to restore lost civil liberties, securing
the ongoing root and branch review of RIPA and legislating for the
creation of a Privacy and Civil Liberties Board – but we cannot
be complacent. There will be a complete overhaul of surveillance
powers in 2016. We need to ensure this and other opportunities are
seized as a chance to control excessive state power, and ensure
that in an era when surveillance is easier than ever before, we
maintain the right to privacy and free speech. Privacy should always
be the norm for personal data, meaning surveillance must always
be justified and proportionate and any demand to read private
encrypted communications must be targeted and proportionate.

Lib DEms will set stricter limits on surveillance and consider carefully the
outcomes of the reviews we initiated on surveillance legislation by
the Royal United Services Institute and the Independent Reviewer
of Terrorism Legislation David Anderson QC.

We propose a new Fredoms Act to protect citizens from excessive
state powers. This will contain proposals to tighten the regulation of CCTV, with more powers for the
Surveillance Camera Commissioner.