Jon Foster-Smith

party: True Democracy Party
constituency: Kenilworth and Southam

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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)

Law-abiding people need worry about surveillance, providing they can trust the government, the law and the people behind the cameras.

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


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. But it would be better to make sure that there were enough houses, so no one picked the bad ones.

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

Personally, yes. But I would add this idea to to see what my constituents thought

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.

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

If people visiting those in hospital were prepared and enabled to help nurses and muck in with their care, then they would be welcome in any ward, and this would alleviate the need for restrictive visiting hours. I would add this idea to to see what people thought

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

organisation: Generation Rent

House prices should be the result of a free market. The Government should avoid making policies unless absolutely necessary, such as ensuring that fabulous profits are not preventing people from getting onto the ladder.

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

That sounds like a good idea. I would add this idea to to see what people thought. Personally, I think if people are at all capable of working, benefits should be earned, not a gift. Perhaps they could help with house building.

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

organisation: CISTA

No. We should us a digital democracy platform like this one, or to decide what to do about drugs.