Questions for Parliamentary candidates 2015 - Part 5

We asked High Peak's Parliamentary candidates:

1. Bedroom tax - is it fair on poorer people?

2.  Death penalty - would you vote for it under any circumstances?

3. House of Lords - Would you ever become a member of it? Does it need reforming?

 

We asked the questions on 3rd May 2015

Andrew Bingham (Conservative)
1. Bedroom tax - is it fair on poorer people?
Yes.  Because poorer people who are working cannot afford to live in houses too big for their needs and have to rent according to their means.  Poorer people who need social housing to suit their families often find that they cannot get it because larger houses are being used by people who no longer need the space.  Many who would be affected by the Spare Room Supplement are exempt or receive financial assistance but those who choose to stay in a bigger home than they need should pay a little towards it.

2.  Death penalty - would you vote for it under any circumstances?
It is very unlikely that this subject will ever come before Parliament for a vote.

3. House of Lords - Would you ever become a member of it? Does it need reforming?
It works very well and improves the legislation which comes out of Parliament thanks to the wealth of knowledge present.  If it is changed it is important that all the political parties are involved rather than just one telling the country how our democracy should be administered. 

Caitlin Bisknell (Labour)
1. Bedroom tax - is it fair on poorer people?
It is an unfair tax, which a Labour government will abolish.

2.  Death penalty - would you vote for it under any circumstances?
No.

3. House of Lords - Would you ever become a member of it? Does it need reforming?
No, not in its current form.  Yes, it urgently needs reforming.

Charlotte Farrell (Green)
1. Bedroom tax - is it fair on poorer people?
No

2.  Death penalty - would you vote for it under any circumstances?
No

3. House of Lords - Would you ever become a member of it? Does it need reforming?
This is a difficult question.  Clearly it needs reforming or rather abolishing in its present form and should be replaced with a fully elected second chamber.  However until that happens there is an issue about boycotting it as that means that there would not be proper Green representation in the only second chamber we have, however wrong the present system is.  So I suppose the answer is that I would prefer not to be a member of it in its present form but if it was the only option for Green representation then yes I would probably have to be.


Ian Guiver (UKIP)
1. Bedroom tax - is it fair on poorer people?
No

2.  Death penalty - would you vote for it under any circumstances?
No

3. House of Lords - Would you ever become a member of it? Does it need reforming?
No. Yes.

Stephen Worrall (Liberal Democrats)
1. Bedroom tax - is it fair on poorer people?
I do not believe the “Bedroom tax” as it has been implemented is fair on poorer people. I think the logic of trying to ensure that the social housing stock is best utilised makes sense, but the way in which it was implemented was thoughtless and unfair. I absolutely supported Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George’s “Bedroom Tax” reform bill which would modify the legislation to prevent the ridiculous and horrific scenario whereby a person could have been penalised for not moving into a smaller property, even when no smaller property was available! The Liberal Democrat commitment to increase the social housing stock should allow for better utilisation of the available stock without disadvantaging anyone.

2. Death penalty - would you vote for it under any circumstances?
 No, I would never vote the reintroduction of the Death penalty.

3. House of Lords - Would you ever become a member of it? Does it need reforming?
Whilst I disagree fundamentally with the House of Lords in terms of the way its membership is “decided” and absolutely believe in the need to reform it (I am immensely disappointed that House of Lords reform did not happen in this Parliament)  I also recognise that there are many individuals in the House of Lords who do an excellent job and are genuinely experts in their field. I cannot categorically state that I would never become a member of the House of Lords if given the opportunity, but I very much believe and hope that it would have gone substantial reform into some form of elected house by that time!


Read earlier questions to 2015 Parliamentary candidates here:

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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