George Whale

party: Liberty GB
constituency: Lewisham West and Penge

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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)

Not at all, except with regard to violence, pornography and other material potentially damaging to the young.

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


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

organisation: CISTA


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


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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I broadly support the demands of the 'Don't Spy on Us' campaign, which include: greater transparency; no surveillance without suspicion; judicial not political authorisation; proper democratic oversight; right of redress.

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

Campaigners need to explain to those in power the benefits of access so that it can become an accepted right.

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. I'm a strong advocate of free speech and support the defending of writers and commentators against libel threats by powerful interests.

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, I do. However, I believe that the long-term solution to this problem lies in creating millions more affordable homes so that renters have choices, and don't have to make do with unsafe, extortionately overpriced dumps.

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

organisation: Generation Rent

Yes. The vast unearned income from rising house prices enjoyed by the older generation is at the expense of the young. Politicians fear alienating home owners, therefore will not implement the mass house-building programme needed to bring house prices down. This is a gross injustice and moreover is economically unsustainable.

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

As a renter myself, I would benefit from it. But the long-term solution must be to build many more affordable homes, as well as limiting demand by properly controlling immigration.