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Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  European Union

Do you agree with the UK’s Brexit decision to withdraw from the European Union?

  Public statementsNo

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Voting recordPro-choice

Healthcare  ›  NHS Privatisation

Should there be more or less privatisation of the NHS?

  Public statementsLess

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalisation of same sex marriage?

  Public statementsYes


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Foreign Policy  ›  Human Rights Act

Should the UK abolish the Human Rights Act?

  Public statementsNo

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?

  Public statementsYes

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

Should the government increase environmental regulations on businesses to reduce carbon emissions?

  Public statementsYes, and provide more incentives for alternative energy production

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?

  Public statementsYes

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?

  Public statementsYes, they are essential to protecting other children who are too young to be vaccinated

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatisation

Should there be more or less privatisation of hospital and healthcare services?

  Public statementsLess

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?

  Public statementsNo

Immigration  ›  Deportation of Suspected Terrorists

Should the UK deport immigrants who are considered to be promoting terrorism?

  Public statementsNo, the definition of terrorism is too broad

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should the U.K. raise taxes on the rich?

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the national minimum wage?

  Public statementsYes

the Environment  ›  Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?

  Public statementsYes, and ban all disposable products that are not made of at least 75% of biodegradable material

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Tax Evasion

Should the government prosecute people who avoid paying taxes by hiding money in foreign bank accounts?

  Public statementsYes, and fine them double the amount they avoided paying

Education  ›  Tuition Fees

Should the UK abolish university tuition fees?

  Public statementsNo, but they should be reduced

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into the United Kingdom?

  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

Should the government be able to monitor phone calls and emails?

  Voting recordNo, and enact legislation preventing government surveillance of citizen communications

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Public statementsNo

Social  ›  Euthanasia

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Public statementsYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Public statementsNo, we should embrace the diversity that immigrants add to our country

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

  Public statementsNo, and we should not try to influence any other country’s elections or policy

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should the government enact a stricter immigration policy?

  Public statementsNo, and make the process easier for refugees

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?

  Party’s support baseNo, board members should be the most qualified regardless of gender

Foreign Policy  ›  United States of Europe

Should the EU evolve into the United States of Europe?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Welfare

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?

  Public statementsFewer, and ensure benefits go to those that need it most

the Economy  ›  Free Trade

Should the U.K. pursue free trade deals with other countries?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  British Monarchy

Should the British Monarchy be abolished?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

  Public statementsNo, cuts to public spending will negatively affect the economy

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should the U.K. raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

  Public statementsRaise

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalisation of Marijuana?

  Public statementsYes

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Public statementsYes

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Tax Rate

Should the top tax rate of income over £150,000 be raised to 50 percent?

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  NHS Profit Reimbursement

Should private firms reimburse the NHS if they exceed a 5% profit on contracts?

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Emergency Medical Care

Should foreign visitors have to pay for emergency medical treatment during their stay in the UK?

  Public statementsNo

Immigration  ›  Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?

  Public statementsNo, most citizens couldn’t even pass a citizenship test

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Fox Hunting

Do you support the practice of hunting foxes with dogs?

  Public statementsNo

Education  ›  Standardised Curriculum

Should all state schools be required to follow a standard curriculum?

  Public statementsNo, teachers should teach to the needs of each student and region

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favour of decriminalising drug use?

  Public statementsYes, and retroactively reduce sentences for those already serving time

the Environment  ›  Fracking

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?

  Public statementsNo

Education  ›  GCSE Exams

Should every student be required to take a GCSE exam at the end of Year Eleven?

  Public statementsNo, vocational or skill based qualifications should also be available

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Zero Hour Contracts

Do you support the use of zero hour contracts?

  Public statementsYes, but ban exclusivity clauses and guarantee a minimum number of hours

the Economy  ›  Inheritance Tax

Should the government abolish the inheritance tax?

  Public statementsNo

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Public statementsYes, but only if the spending goes towards environmentally friendly solutions

Domestic Policy  ›  House of Lords

Should the House of Lords be a wholly elected body?

  Public statementsAbolish the House of Lords

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should the government increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Public statementsI am satisfied with the current amount of spending

the Economy  ›  Mansion Tax

Should homeowners pay higher taxes on "mansions" valued over £2m?

  Public statementsYes, this will help reduce wealth inequality in the UK

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

  Public statementsIncrease

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?

  Party’s support baseNo, social media companies are private and should not be regulated by the government

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Child Benefit

Should child benefits be restricted to a maximum of two children?

  Public statementsNo

Education  ›  Free School Meals

Should free meals be offered to all primary school students?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  National Service

Should the UK reinstate a form of mandatory national service?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Should nonviolent drug offenders be given mandatory jail sentences?

  Public statementsNo, we should decriminalise most drugs

Domestic Policy  ›  West Lothian Question

Should Welsh, Scottish, and Northern Irish MPs be entitled to vote on legislation which only affects England?

  Party’s support baseNo, only for legislation that has cross-border implications

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

Should the UK increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?

  Public statementsIncrease, our economy relies on businesses hiring the highest skilled workers at the lowest cost

Education  ›  Grammar Schools

Would you support the return of a selective education system and the reintroduction of grammar schools?

  Public statementsNo

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in the United Kingdom, have the right to vote?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Public statementsYes, but eliminate contractual occupancy quotas

the Economy  ›  Young Benefit Claimants

Should 18-21 year olds take on unpaid community work in order to claim benefits?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  EU Migrant Quota

Should the EU impose a quota of migrants per country?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Trident Nuclear Weapons Programme

Should the UK renew its Trident nuclear weapons programme?

  Public statementsNo, and the UK should encourage all countries to dismantle their nuclear weapon programmes

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

Should bankers’ bonuses be capped at 100% of their pay?

  Public statementsYes, and lower the cap to 20%

Domestic Policy  ›  Net Neutrality

Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?

  Public statementsNo

Healthcare  ›  Safe Haven

Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?

  Public statementsYes, drug abuse should be treated as a health issue, not a criminal issue

Transportation  ›  National Railway

Should the national railway be privatized?

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?

  Public statementsYes, but in the form of increased spending on infrastructure

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Public statementsHelp

Elections  ›  Electoral Reform

Should the UK switch to a proportional representation voting system?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Central EU Agency

Should intelligence agencies be merged to create a central EU agency?

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the UK flag?

  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to the United Kingdom be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?

  Public statementsYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  EU Authoritarian Sanctions

Should the EU sanction member countries with authoritarian governments?

  Public statementsNo

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?

  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only if their hormone levels are equivalent to those in the gender category in which they compete

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

Should the Chinese government be able to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  House of Lords

Should the House of Lords be abolished?

  Public statementsNo

Social  ›  Niqāb

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

Should citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?

  Public statementsNo, too many wealthy citizens are abusing loopholes in offshore banking laws to evade taxes

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

Do you support the use of genetically engineered crops and foods?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should the U.K. defend other NATO countries that maintain low military defense budgets relative to their GDP?

  Public statementsYes, and refusing to defend other NATO countries sets a dangerous precedent for the balance of global power

Immigration  ›  Migrant Children

Should the children of migrants who live in French territories be allowed to join their families?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  European Commission

Should the European Commission be dismantled?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Afghanistan

Should the UK pull all military troops out of Afghanistan?

  Voting recordYes

Education  ›  Free Schools

Should the government allow businesses, charities, parents or teachers to use public money to start "free schools"?

  Public statementsNo, free schools divert money away from existing schools

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should the UK assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  Voting recordNo, they should be captured and given a fair trial

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

Should the government provide tax incentives to private companies to keep jobs within the country?

  Public statementsNo

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?

  Public statementsYes, but they must perform community service on a daily basis

Foreign Policy  ›  European Union Countries

Should the number of countries in the European Union be reduced to 15?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits for members of Parliament?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Bedroom Tax

Should tenants receive less benefits if they live in a housing association or council property with more bedrooms than occupants?

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

Should the government add or increase tariffs on products imported into the country?

  Public statementsNo, this will hurt our manufacturing businesses that rely on importing cheap resources to make their products

Domestic Policy  ›  Devolved English Parliament

Should England establish a devolved Parliament?

  Public statementsYes, and more power should be given to regional governments

the Economy  ›  Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Do you support the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)?

  Public statementsNo, I support free trade but do not support this agreement

Education  ›  School Truancy

Should the government decriminalize school truancy?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Welsh Assembly

Should the Welsh assembly be granted more devolved power from Parliament to create regional laws?

  Public statementsYes

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

  Public statementsNo, we should focus on improving our public schools and increasing teacher wages instead

the Economy  ›  Buy to Let

Should mortgage lenders be allowed to provide buy-to-let mortgage loans?

  Public statementsYes

Transportation  ›  High Speed 2

Do you support the construction of a high speed railway (HS2) connecting London to Birmingham?

  Public statementsYes, and extend it to Scotland

the Economy  ›  Non-Domicile Rule

Should the government abolish the non-domicile rule which allows residents to limit the tax paid on earnings outside the UK?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Antisocial Behaviour Orders (ASBOs)

Do you support the use of Antisocial Behaviour Orders (ASBOs)?

  Public statementsYes

Transportation  ›  London Underground

Should the London Underground be considered an "essential service" which would ban all future worker strikes?

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Public statementsYes, adjust them yearly for cost of living

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?

  Public statementsYes, as long as the tax revenue will eventually exceed the tax incentives