Dave Hampton answers voters questions via Bucks Free Press
May 1, 2015
We asked Bucks Free Press readers to submit questions on their key issues to candidates standing for Parliament. Here, we present the answers from those seeking your votes in the Chesham and Amersham constituency.
We put the following questions to our prospective MPs:
- Do you support or oppose fracking in Buckinghamshire?
- Do you support or oppose privatisation in the NHS?
- What would be your plan for the Khalsa secondary school in Stoke Poges which is opposed by many residents?
- I celebrated my 60th birthday last May and because I have worked for most of my life, like thousands of other woman and brought up three children, I believe I should be entitled to my State Pension now and not have to wait until I am almost 66, so I have the opportunity to retire and enjoy the years I have left. Will any of the Parliamentary hopefuls agree that if they get elected, they will aim to reverse the State Pension Law?
Here are Dave Hampton's responses.
1. The Green Party is the only mainstream party totally opposed to fracking. Apart from being uneconomic, and dangerous, it’s also unnecessary. It’s a ham-fisted, outmoded practice that could render Chiltern water supplies toxic for a long time. Fracking originated in Texas; it’s being banned there now - as they turn to solar power. To a hammer, everything looks like a nail. To yesterdays oil-men & their cronies, everything’s a drill. Many of the Cabinet are like nodding donkeys. Caroline Lucas MP was arrested for standing up to fracking. Only Greens have the collective energy, wit and will power to protect our homes from being drilled under. We will stop the huge fossil fuel subsidies; and start community renewable energy projects, creating jobs.
2.We will stop the creeping privatisation of our NHS. Britain has the best NHS in the world. Let’s keep it. Rather than copy America’s mistakes, we could export our know-how, of decent health care, globally. It would be criminal to sell our NHS to highest bidder; and it is not theirs to sell. The people’s NHS is a magical feature of the UK’s inheritance, reflecting post-war values and the recognition that we can provide the best service to the most people by working together.
3. I don’t know the detail but if elected I’ll find out. But I will say this. The Green Party is inclusive. We value the diverse contributions everyone can make to society, when treated fairly and with respect. No one is born ‘unwanted.’ Tolerance is at the heart of our manifesto. We know that prejudice and intolerance are toxic, and make communities weaker and sadder, not stronger and happier.
4. We’ll introduce a ‘citizen’s pension’ as part of a suite of citizen’s income measures, from child allowance to free social care for the over-65s. This would be £180 per week, irrespective of contributions history (£310 for a couple) thereby taking all pensions above the poverty line. We’ll have to keep the current pension age for now. I bet the quality of life that your children can look forward to (as they approach 60) also matters greatly to you. We’ll work for fairer, healthier local economies everywhere, starting at home. With your help, this beautiful planet ‘legacy’ (borrowed from our grandchildren) will soon be in better shape.
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Answer 1:The Green Party is the only mainstream party totally opposed to fracking
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