Ellie Merton

party: Independent
constituency: Walthamstow

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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)

As an independent, I would work cross party to find solutions to reduce generalised snooping to a minimum. Surveillance should only be carried out at the discretion of a Court, for very limited pre-determined times and with deletion of all extraneous material within months, not years, and surveillance having to be far more specific and targeted. The destruction of material would have to be verified by the Court that originally granted consent.

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

Work cross-party to ensure this is available to carers, and work to create family accommodation for all hospitals.

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

Libel laws should be the same throughout the UK and libel laws should be toughened up to make prosecution easier.

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 I support rent control.

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 support more than minimum standards in housing as a precondition of renting. Like the minimum wage and living wage, I would look for 'living' housing standards.

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, I support and increase in social housebuilding but on brownfield, not greenfield sites.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

As little as possible, but to impose international law that supports not detracts from human rights.

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

organisation: CISTA

Yes

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

organisation: Generation Rent

In relation to current wages and living costs, yes.

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

Better to compulsorily buy back public sector housing previously sold to private sector, and renationalise social housing.