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Newbury Weekly News Election Q&A

Richard Benyon - Conservative

The Newbury Weekly News puts your questions to the candidates in the run up to the General Election on June 8

Richard Benyon

Richard Benyon - Conservative

The Newbury Weekly News puts your questions to the candidates in the run up to the General Election on June 8.

Richard Benyon has been the MP for Newbury since 2005. He is a former soldier and DEFRA minister and lives in Englefield House.

The following questions were chosen and asked in this order, so you can jump to the questions that most interest you.

·        What do you think is the biggest issue affecting West Berkshire and what would you do to tackle it?
·        What will the best Brexit deal look like?
·        What would your party do to protect frontline services in West Berkshire?
·        What needs to be done to solve the NHS funding crisis?
·        What can be done to decrease the number of homeless people in West Berkshire?
·        Should free school meals be abolished for all infant school pupils?
·        What are your views on the necessity of Britain’s nuclear deterrent Trident?
·        Should the ban on fox hunting be lifted and why?
·        Would you support the introduction of more grammar schools?
·        Would you abolish inheritance tax and why?

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  • chrsphr

    29/05/2017 - 17:05

    So glad we have an MP that is a fan of blood sports. Do we really want this man representing us?

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    • NewburyLad

      29/05/2017 - 22:10

      Yes, because there are 100 to 200 really important issues facing this country right now and on a scale of 1 to 200 of importance, fox hunting is down around around the 190 to 199 level. But of course if you want to gulp down everything the likes of Lily Allen, Charlotte Church and Russel Brand spout you crack on and vote for your beloved Labour or Liberal Undemocratic party and leave the important issues to the grown-ups. Oh and by the way, the NH sodding S isn't the most important thing facing this country either.

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      • Bombey

        30/05/2017 - 22:10

        So what are the top 3 issues?

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      • NewburyLad

        30/05/2017 - 12:12

        The NHS is because a) it is being over abused and b) because of its horrendous financial waste - it certainly isn't underfunding .....on 23/05/2017. job ref 333-C-HQ-0322 - Position Equalities and Diversity Manger, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. Salary > £64,000 pa permanent position. Pure and utter waste. Also to the others, I never said the NHS was not important. It is, but it is not the number 1 most important issue, but Corbyn and the Lib Undems only have one stuck record, NHS NHS NHS NHS NHS NHS NHS NH bloody S. Oh and as for privatisation, Labour under Gordon Brown was more than happy to sign up for mega costly PFi agreements, leaving us with the debts now.

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        • Bombey

          30/05/2017 - 22:10

          I suggest you read up on PFI.

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      • falcona

        30/05/2017 - 12:12

        In your book and right now the NHS may not be significant BUT it is for the sick, so you clearly don't think them important - Im sure they will be comforted to know that. What I find sickening is that many Tory MPs have shares in private care companies as do the House of Lords and yet they have a right to vote on privatisation. Please dont attempt to tell me it wont happen when Kaiser Permanente International cite over 140 companies and Trust including I might add the treasury as their partners - they are a massive insurance and private care organisation. If we dont address our education system we wont HAVE the brains IN Britain that we need for the future. The rich benefit every time from the labour and the agile minds of our people yet see no reason to invest in it but see every reason to make money for themselves off it. You can vote for Tories all you like but with that attitude you will never be a real citizen of this country - one who cares about people their & human rights

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      • EugeneStryker

        30/05/2017 - 09:09

        NewburyLad, you never state what you think the important issues are, you don't obviously think an NHS in crisis, Police down 20,000 and likely to be another 30,000 down when Tories re-elected, Education in crisis, social care in crisis, increasing homelessness is important enough. You also continue to embarrass yourself by claiming to be a 'grown-up', but always referring to Liberal Undemocratics - it just makes you sound like a plonker. Brexit was brought about by UKIP which had one MP and was little more than a single issue pressure group. The AV referendum was brought about the Liberal 'Undemocratics' (see it isn't clever is it!) which is likely to have meant UKIP won more seats and got through their ideas in the democratic way (the public voted against it). Also, if you think the Brexit referendum was the height of democracy, why not check the will of the people on the terms of the deal?

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        • NewburyLad

          30/05/2017 - 12:12

          Liberal Undemocrats is exactly the right label for them. Q - do you want to remain in the EU or leave the EU? Then they spend ages scaring us that leaving the means leaving the single market, means the ceasing of EU migration and means the scrapping of EU laws. So it was crystal clear to everyone what leaving meant. It was a country wide decision, it was never touted as a constituency by constituency vote, but by the WHOLE OF THE UK. Then when the result didn't go their way, they have done everything possible since to reverse the democratic decision of the country. If only the advertising standards would apply to them, the word Democrat should and must be removed from their name.

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        • EugeneStryker

          30/05/2017 - 14:02

          NewburyLad, didn't the 2016 EU referendum overturn the will of the people and the result of the referendum in 1975? David Cameron promised an in/out EU referendum if you voted Conservative and if you vote Liberal Democrats they'll look to give you another vote on the terms of the negotiated Brexit - all very transparent and how our representative parliamentary democracy works. If you think you will be rid of EU laws when we Brexit you need to read up on a) where EU law originates and b) what we'll have to abide by if we want to trade with the EU. You may reduce EU migration, but you'll simply have it from our future trading partners which doesn't concern me but I suspect replacing your Polish neighbours with Chinese is not what you had in mind when you cast your vote.

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        • NewburyLad

          31/05/2017 - 11:11

          EugeneStryker - you know full well that the referendum in 1975 was about the COMMON MARKET and you also know full well that the COMMON MARKET was NOT the EU that we just voted to leave. Yet you have the barefaced cheek to try and label me a plonker -suggest you have a good look at the crap you spout and just how silly you look.

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        • EugeneStryker

          31/05/2017 - 14:02

          NewburyLad, I thought I was being quite constrained - I think it is a bit rich to claim that people with opposing views to yours get that them from celebrities and then get upset about being labelled a plonker - you set the tone! If you'd like to point me to the crap I spout I'd be more than happy to review my position especially if you'd also like to provide some evidence from experts (although I suspect you've had enough of them). I thought one of the Brexiteers' arguments was that everyone knew that by voting to leave the EU we would also have to leave the single market (originally called the common market) which reverses a decision made by the people in a referendum, but I thought you are wholeheartedly against reversing decisions made in referendums even when the facts change because that would be 'undemocratic'.

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  • RetiredGranma

    29/05/2017 - 10:10

    He knows leaving the EU will put jobs and businesses in West Berkshire at risk. He was a strong remainer and at heart still is. No matter what his public (party) postition.

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