Saturday, 4 April 2015

Election 2015: What YOU want from your politicians

Reducing transport costs, stop west London hospital A&E closures and capping rents to help first-time buyers: Some of your top manifesto points.


Get West London election manifesto demands
Get West London election manifesto demands

Earlier in March we asked you to make your voice heard ahead of the general electionby completing the Get West London manifesto.
Well, hundreds of you wanted to make your thoughts known on issues such as housing, the NHS and small businesses.
We can now bring you the results of our survey which will show those wanting to stand for the next parliament what you want from them.
The demands above are based on the results you gave us.
In total we asked you 30 questions and more than 400 of you replied.
Included in the survey were questions on five local issues. They were about:

Transport

More than half of you (57.1%) said London transport could be improved by reducing the cost of the Underground and buses, saying fares are too high.
The other three suggestions - greater emphasis on encouraging cycling and making it safer, investing in other forms of transport (e.g. river travel, trams, cable cars) and increasing the congestion charge, attracted support from 17.6%, 15.4% and 10% of you respectively.

A&E departments

Another clear decision. 52.2% of you are against reduction to NHS services including A&E closures.
Another 33.5% said more health provision should be provided at local levels to reduce pressure on hospitals while 8.1% said you would accept some privatisation of health services as long as the NHS is free at the point of entry.
Meanwhile, 6.2% said the closure of A&E departments in west London is necessary to stop NHS costs spiralling.

HS2

When asked for your stance on HS2, 51.5% said it is a "huge and unnecessary waste of public money that could be better spent on other things".
However 34.7% said it will improve travel between the north and south which will bring economic benefit.
Elsewhere 8.9% said benefits would be outweighed by environmental damage and 4.9% described it as "pointless" because people will travel by air.

First-time buyers

Which solution would make it easier for first-time buyers to get on the property ladder?
Well 37.4% said local rents should be capped by the council or government while 30.4% said loans and schemes should be offered to help first-time buyers with deposits.
Another 18.4% said more homes should be built, possibly even on the green belt, while 13.4% suggested a further cut in stamp duty.

Heathrow expansion

More than a third of you (35.5%) said a third Heathrow runway is vital for the local economy and jobs.
However 29.6% of you said Gatwick is better placed for expansion while 19.5% said you'd prefer to see an existing runway extended instead.
Meanwhile 15.4% said Boris Johnson's idea of a Thames Estuary airport should be embraced with homes built on Heathrow.

Other results

We also asked 25 questions about national issues.
We picked out the six questions from the manifesto (a combination of local and national issues) which you felt were of importance.

Here are the results of the other 24 questions.


If you took part in our survey, why not also see which political party you should vote for on May 7 by completing this quiz?

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