Questions for Parliamentary candidates 2015 - 4

1. If your party were to be part of a coalition government after the election, which party would you prefer to be working with and are there any you would refuse to work with?

2. Climate change. Is it something we should be trying to tackle?

3. Under changes brought in by the last government, UK citizens cannot live in the UK with a non EU spouse unless they can satisfy a financial requirement that is higher than the median wage.  Is this fair?

4. Do you have any moral concerns about the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia?

(We asked these questions on 24th April 2015)

Andrew Russell Bingham (Conservative)
1. If your party were to be part of a coalition government after the election, which party would you prefer to be working with and are there any you would refuse to work with?
We cannot know what ‘price’ other parties would demand to be part of a coalition so I do not know who we should work with.  It is a problem with coalition that people cannot know what agreements will be made in advance of casting their votes.  In my view it places too much power in the hands of the politicans and the parties.  I think this is a shame and would much rather have a decisive result that allows which ever party is elected to get on with the job of running the country.

2. Climate change. Is it something we should be trying to tackle?
Climate change is potentially the twenty-first century's biggest foreign policy challenge.  The UK is taking a leading role on the world stage, working towards a binding global deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit climate change to manageable levels. British Ministers led the push to get European leaders to reach agreement on a historic deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions.  This was a vital step towards achieving an international climate agreement at the key Paris conference later this year, where all the world's leaders will gather.

3. Under changes brought in by the last government, UK citizens cannot live in the UK with a non EU spouse unless they can satisfy a financial requirement that is higher than the median wage.  Is this fair?
The maintenance rules ensure that families are able to support themselves and the migrant partner’s integration without being a burden on the general taxpayer.

4. Do you have any moral concerns about the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia?
The UK enjoys a successful relationship with Saudi Arabia in a number of areas, including trade and investment, education, security, culture, energy and climate security, and defence. However, this relationship does not prevent us from speaking frankly to the Saudi Government about issues of concern, such as human rights. Our close political and security relationships can help enhance our scope to positively influence the Saudi Government and help to promote democratic reform.


Caitlin Janette Bisknell (Labour)
1. If your party were to be part of a coalition government after the election, which party would you prefer to be working with, and are there any you would refuse to work with?
I am working all out to win High Peak, and with that to secure a Labour Government. If there is no overall majority in the House of Commons we will not form a coalition with the SNP as they want to break up our country.

2. Climate change. Is it something we should be trying to tackle?
Yes, most definitely; that is why I personally pledged to work with local groups to promote energy efficiency so that High Peak can play its part in combating climate change.

3. Under changes brought in by the coalition government, UK citizens cannot live in the UK with a non EU spouse unless they can satisfy a financial requirement that is higher than the median wage.  Is this fair?
I was not aware of this, but if elected as MP for High Peak, will be happy to look into it further.

4. Do you have any moral concerns about the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia?
Yes, and we need to use our influence to promote change.


Charlotte Nancy Farrell (Green)
1. If your party were to be part of a coalition government after the election, which party would you prefer to be working with and are there any you would refuse to work with?
The Green Party would operate a confidence and supply agreement.

2. Climate change. Is it something we should be trying to tackle?
YES!!  People need to wake up to the the risks of climate change.  All leading climate change scientists say we are now looking to increase global warming to beyond the 2 degree tipping point where things will get even worse, unless we take urgent action now.  The effects of an overheated planet on climate change is likely to be widespread economic and social devastation - hitting the most vulnerable first (as is already the case).  The Paris summit is a chance to agree binding commitments - but they need to be taken seriously by governments not relegated to second place in favour of economic targets as usually happens.

3. Under changes brought in by the last government, UK citizens cannot live in the UK with a non EU spouse unless they can satisfy a financial requirement that is higher than the median wage.  Is this fair?
No

4. Do you have any moral concerns about the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia?
Yes  - Saudi Arabia is a repressive state with an appalling human rights record.  By our encouraging of trade links, visits by David Cameron and in particular arms sales just condones the states regime and gives the green light to further human rights abuses.


Ian Guiver (UKIP)
1. If your party were to be part of a coalition government after the election, which party would you prefer to be working with and are there any you would refuse to work with?
We wouldn't be part of a coalition with any party

2. Climate change. Is it something we should be trying to tackle?
We need a strategy to deal with the consequences

3. Under changes brought in by the last government, UK citizens cannot live in the UK with a non EU spouse unless they can satisfy a financial requirement that is higher than the median wage.  Is this fair?
The UK's immigration policy is strongly biased against Commonwealth and other non-EU citizens and this is wrong and opposed only by UKIP

4. Do you have any moral concerns about the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia?
Yes but that has to be balanced against the interest of the British people which are often unfortunately served by relationships that we would rather not have. You'll remember the failure of Robin Cook's so called ethical foreign policy


Stephen David Worrall (Liberal Democrat)
1. If your party were to be part of a coalition government after the election, which party would you prefer to be working with and are there any you would refuse to work with?
If my party were to be part of a coalition government after the election then to be honest my personal opinions would and should matter little. The composition of a coalition government should be decided by the electorate,  in terms of which parties could arithmetically command a majority in the House of Commons due to the number of seats they obtained. If you pressed me, factoring in predicted seat numbers and therefore what is probable arithmetically,  I would say personally that a Labour, SNP and Liberal Democrat coalition I would be happy with and possible. I don’t think any other coalition involving the Liberal Democrats could work arithmetically.

2. Climate change. Is it something we should be trying to tackle?
We should absolutely be trying to tackle climate change and I believe I have spoken strongly on this at many of the hustings that I have attended. The Liberal Democrat manifesto contains a range of strong commitments on this issue and it is one of the aspects of our manifesto that I am most proud of. Zero net carbon emissions by 2050, two thirds of energy generated renewably, huge investment in insulation and green technologies of the future; these are just some of the things that we need to be doing and that Liberal Democrats would get done.

3. Under changes brought in by the last government, UK citizens cannot live in the UK with a non EU spouse unless they can satisfy a financial requirement that is higher than the median wage.  Is this fair?
In a word, no. I would like to see this change revoked. Fairness is of paramount importance to me

4. Do you have any moral concerns about the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia?
Yes I do and again I have spoken about this at hustings. If we are to maintain a relationship with Saudi Arabia we should be using it do everything we can to promote human rights, women’s rights and the development of democracy. We should not be using it to sell arms.

 

Read earlier questions to 2015 Parliamentary candidates here:

http://glossopgazette.co.uk/2015-elections/1358-questions-for-parliamentary-candidates-2015-part-5

http://glossopgazette.co.uk/2015-elections/1336-questions-for-parliamentary-candidates-4

http://glossopgazette.co.uk/2015-elections/1325-questions-for-parliamentary-candidates-part-3

http://glossopgazette.co.uk/2015-elections/1312-questions-for-parliamentary-candidates-2015-2

http://glossopgazette.co.uk/2015-elections/1281-questions-for-parliamentary-candidates-2015-part-1

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