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I've just spent the morning with Angela Eagle, the shadow leader of the House of Commons at Carlisle Mencap. I invited Angela along to launch the Labour Party's disability manifesto. We met with Sheila Gregory, staff and service users to chat with them about disability rights and issues and how to get their voices heard.
Labour's disability manifesto starts with toughening up laws on hate crime against people with disabilities; we will reform the work capability assessment to make it fairer; provide a work support programme to help disabled people get back to work; abolish the bedroom tax; provide teachers with better training on special needs; provide the same rights to mental health care as physical and create a committee where disabled people are invited to sit to develop disability policies.
Geoffrey - I'll be voting for policies that help Carlisle people, for example, to bring the cost of living down and wages up; I'll be a full-time MP without a second job; I'll be visible and approachable and accessible. I'll be a bigger voice for Carlisle as somebody who understands what real life is about. And above all fight for the Cumberland Infirmary.
Pete - The issue with selling council houses was that they were no houses built to replace them as the Government at the time wouldn't allow councils to build more. We are now in a situation where we still haven't got enough social housing but housing associations are working hard to build more. To then bring in to right to buy again would put the situation back so that future generations would still be short of social housing. We need affordable housing for people to buy also but we do still need social housing for rent to pass on to future generations. Of the former social housing currently privately owned, over 50% of that is owned by private landlords.
Jimmysgloves - We have to work to make sure we preserve and strengthen what we have. The police did say they could sustain 12% cuts but this Tory Govt brought in 20% cuts. As a rural county, we need to have more community policing and make sure we have visible officers. We need to stay independent as a police force and not merge.
Ben Taylor - I would love us to be in a position where a nuclear deterrent is no longer needed and I will always support negotiations to get to this position. In the meantime, we have to stay committed to renewing Trident because without it we are putting ourselves in a very vulnerable position but still keep negotiations open and push towards multilateral disarmament.
Linda - I think a line has been drawn under that one.
Alan - Putin, ISIS - the world is a danger place at the moment and we need to protect our position from those threats and also threats we don't know about yet.
Ed - Absolutely. I am a Carlisle person. I am determined, I'm a fighter. I have brought up three kids, I've worked hard, not had an easy life and I believe I can be what Carlisle needs.
Genie - Shouldn't you have more confidence in yourself? You are as good as anybody else. There is nothing that says you have to have a certain qualification to be an MP. It is about diversity, it's about having a Parliament that looks like it is people and represents it's people.
Dale - Sorry, just missed it in the rush! No, I believe that if two adults are happy, in love and want to be together then who are we are to judge.
Nobby - I think I've got some greeny-blue!
Alan - Because has been given to the organisations referred to from other sources and I have continued to support initiatives such as the food bank and Carlisle Key.
Keith - I believe we do need regulation on rents to make it fairer. I support Labour's policies of three year tenancies, banning letting agents from the admin charges for renters and also only allowing rents to rise in line with inflation.
Donald - Cumberland. Totally!
Ben Taylor - This is about people who are trying to live on a zero hour contract. It is not about students. For students, I understand zero hour contracts work so provision would be made in that case. For those relying on zero hour contracts to bring up a family and pay bills, it is only fair that we protect them.
Pete - I have a mortgage on my home. It is not an ex council house.
John/Simon - We have all-women shortlists because women are 50% of the population yet Parliament does not reflect that. I was selected as the candidate, the local party are behind me. My hard work in the past two and a half years has proven that I am the right candidate.