Hi, this webchat with Bryan Burrow, Green Party candidate for Penrith and The Border, is due to start at 12noon.
We've opened early to test the links but if you've got any questions for Mr Burrow, feel free to fire them across now!
Hi All, this is Bryan Burrow PPC for the Green Party in Penrith and the Border.
I appreciate that Rory has been a good constituency MP in some respects but his Party has presided over devastating period for the majority of people. Austerity has failed and many people are looking for a real alternative.
I think that Natalie's contributions to the debates have improved greatly and that she has been the only person to bring climate change to the agenda. Not surprisingly given the record of the other parties.
I envisage the Green Party becoming a real force in British politics and necessarily so. Although the party has a wide range of policies at the heart is the need to tackle climate change and social injustice. Rory just hasn't contributed in any way.
Sorry technological glitch. I am happy to talk about other policies.
NHS we would support Caroline Lucas NHS reinstatement cross-party private members bill which would end privatisation within the NHS
People's health should never ever be up for sale.
Housing is a priority I think. Buy to let landlords are driving up rents and making it unaffordable for many people.
Hi Bryan, can you expand on what your party would do about buy to let landlords and unaffordable housing?
Transport is an issue too. Generally the privatisation of public services has led to lossof services in many areas with companies providing services only where there is profit.
We would abolish tax relief for buy to let landlords thereby raising over£5 billion. we would introduce rent regulation.We would build 500,000 houses over the term of the parliament.
We would set up a living rents commission to explore whether controls could bring rents in line with local average incomes.
The Green surge has seen membership top that of the LIB dems and UKIP with over 60,000 members
Proportional representation will be a reality if we continue to have coalition govts.
I recall MPs in the past coming from ordinary people, Miners, postmen teachers etcI have had enough of being represented, or not by establishment figures, public school boys and girls and representatives of the priveledged.
I have worked with young people for most of my working life. As a youth worker, football coach, Dramatherapist, working with Young people in care and on the edge of care and as a teacher.
Affordable homes will only become affordable if we stop relying on the market to provide them. Action on rents and refusing to allow the sale of houses in housing association control will help. To gift maybe £100,000 to tenants to enable them to buy is an outrage and would make less houses available.
The son of Margaret Thatcher's housing minister has a portfolio of over 40 properties
I was asked for details about my background. I would hope to represent the interests of the many and not the few.
I don't really know him. I know he is an interesting character and quite unusual in some respects. Maybe not a typical Tory MOP.
I don't think his work for superfast broadband amounts to much.
The green party would put an obligation on BT and other providers to ensure that this service was available to all and not just where it is profitable.
We need to invest heavily and ensure that private companies are not involved. Recently donations to Tory party funds by Private health companies led to the award of £1.9 billion contracts in the NHS!
Nuclear is heavily reliant on fossil fuels at its source. More jobs could be created in the area with renewables than is the case now with sellafield.
The UK is 25th out of 27 in the renewable energy league table despite having some of the best resources for renewable energy in Europe.
My mother also had surgery which was lifesaving. she went to Glasgow a luxury hospital during Blair's govt. The cost of that for the NHS was huge. Investment in the NHS would make such wastefulness and huge cost unnecessary whilst providing the same treatments more locally.
The renewable energy sector employs millions of people and is growing. We are lagging behind other countries though. There is scope for massive investment in Renewables which could slow climate change, end fuel poverty, provide employment and that provision should be democratic and under the control of ordinary people not foreign energy companies.
The Green party has a vision of a new constitutional settlement and would move towards a written constitution.
The Green party would reform the house of lords to become a fully elected body chosen by PR.
We're down to the last five minutes of the session. If there are any more questions, get them in now!
These jobs are important and a gradual move into renewables would support the workforce. The problems associated with Nuclear waste and decommissioning would still provide jobs too, and for a VERY LONG TIME. tHE COST OF THIS IS HUGE AND A factor in moving away from Nuclear altogether as Germany are doing.
Ideals about green energy are not just for the sake of it being green energy. The world is on course for disaster and someone needs to do something.
Of course we have a responsibility to do that. I am not sure who bears the cost of that. But it obviously needs to happen. It would have been good had there been built into the system of procurement, the principle that investors also pay for the clean-up and decommissioning.
Privatisation has many problems associated with it and energy should be always within the public domain, it can be local but always should be democratic and accountable
Outsourcing is what governments do when they've given up governing. Look at the scandals created by companies such as G4S, SERCO, ATOS etc over which we have no control.
Many thanks for participating in this discussion. If there are no more questions I'll say goodbye.
That's the end of the session. Many thanks to Bryan Burrow for agreeing to take part and to all those who asked questions. Bye!