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Sinn Féin platform and policies

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Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Party’s support basePro-choice

Healthcare  ›  NHS Privatisation

Should there be more or less privatisation of the NHS?

  Party’s support baseLess, and nationalise all health services

Foreign Policy  ›  European Union

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

  Public statementsNo

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatisation

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

  Party’s support baseLess, and there should be no privatization of the healthcare industry

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

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

  Party’s support baseNo


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Immigration  ›  Deportation of Suspected Terrorists

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

  Public statementsNo

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Party’s support baseNo, only if they have entered the country illegally

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalisation of same sex marriage?

  Public statementsYes

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

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

  Party’s support baseYes

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?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Tax Evasion

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Euthanasia

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

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the national minimum wage?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should the government enact a stricter immigration policy?

  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Public statementsYes

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Party’s support baseYes, but the government should provide free language learning courses

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Emergency Medical Care

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

  Public statementsNo

Healthcare  ›  NHS Profit Reimbursement

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

  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?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Taxes

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  United States of Europe

Should the EU evolve into the United States of Europe?

  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?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Fox Hunting

Do you support the practice of hunting foxes with dogs?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Free Trade

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

  Party’s support baseYes, but only with nations that adhere to strict human rights policies

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  Tuition Fees

Should the UK abolish university tuition fees?

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalisation of Marijuana?

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Party’s support baseYes, as long as they can pass the same physical tests as men

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?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Welfare

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

  Party’s support baseFewer

Education  ›  Standardised Curriculum

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

  Party’s support baseYes, but allow flexibility for non-core subjects

the Economy  ›  Inheritance Tax

Should the government abolish the inheritance tax?

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Tax Rate

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

  Party’s support baseNo, but eliminate tax loopholes for top earners

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

Education  ›  GCSE Exams

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

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

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

  Party’s support baseRaise

the Economy  ›  Young Benefit Claimants

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

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Mansion Tax

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

  Party’s support baseYes, this will help reduce wealth inequality in the UK

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should the government increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Party’s support baseIncrease

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

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

  Public statementsYes

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

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

  Party’s support baseIncrease

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  House of Lords

Should the House of Lords be a wholly elected body?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  British Monarchy

Should the British Monarchy be abolished?

  Public statementsNo stance; party believes in independence from the United Kingdom.

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

  Party’s support baseDecrease

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 baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Should nonviolent drug offenders be given mandatory jail sentences?

  Public statementsNo, only if they were arrested for trafficking

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)?

  Party’s support baseNo, treat all traffic equally and continue the openness of the internet

Immigration  ›  EU Migrant Quota

Should the EU impose a quota of migrants per country?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Zero Hour Contracts

Do you support the use of zero hour contracts?

  Public statementsNo

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should the UK assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  National Service

Should the UK reinstate a form of mandatory national service?

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

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

  Party’s support baseYes, but in the form of increased spending on infrastructure

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favour of decriminalising drug use?

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

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

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Party’s support baseHelp

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

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

  Party’s support baseYes, as long as offshore income is reported

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the UK flag?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Central EU Agency

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  Free Schools

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  Grammar Schools

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

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  EU Authoritarian Sanctions

Should the EU sanction member countries with authoritarian governments?

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  House of Lords

Should the House of Lords be abolished?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Trident Nuclear Weapons Programme

Should the UK renew its Trident nuclear weapons programme?

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

  Party’s support baseNo, but we should increase funding to offer education and skill building services for prisoners

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 statementsNo

Transportation  ›  National Railway

Should the national railway be privatised?

  Party’s support baseNo

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  European Commission

Should the European Commission be dismantled?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits for members of Parliament?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  European Union Countries

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Electoral Reform

Should the UK switch to a proportional representation voting system?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Buy to Let

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

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Devolved English Parliament

Should England establish a devolved Parliament?

  Party’s support baseYes, and more power should be given to regional governments

Domestic Policy  ›  Antisocial Behaviour Orders (ASBOs)

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

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Party’s support baseNo

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?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Welsh Assembly

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

  Public statementsYes

Transportation  ›  London Underground

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

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Party’s support baseNo, it provides too high of risk for criminal activity

Transportation  ›  High Speed 2

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

  Party’s support baseNo