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The famous Socialist Unity

General Election questionnaire



We sent the following questionnaire to a whole number of progressive candidates at the forth coming general election (we reprint below with the accompanying letter)  to help the left assess for themselves who they should be supporting - a kind of email hustings on the left if you like. As the questionnaires come back in we will bring them to you unabridged, (in alphabetical order according to constituency).

If you are standing in the General election and would like to take part, we apologise for not having contacted you so far, feel free to send your answers by email.

Aberafen Philip Evans Plaid Cymru
Aberdeen South Rhonda Reekie Scottish Green Party
Argyll and Bute Deirdre Henderson Scottish Socialist Party
Basingstoke and Dean Elsayed Omar Selim Independent
Birmingham Selly Oak Barney Smith Green Party
Blackburn Craig Murray Independent
Braintree James Abbott Green Party
Bridgwater (& West Somerset) Charles Graham Green Party
Brighton Kemptown Phil Clarke Socialist Party
Brighton Kemptown Simon Williams Green Party
Brighton Pavilion Tony Greenstein Alliance for Green Socialism
Bristol North West Graeme Jones Socialist Alternative
Bury South Yvonne Hassock Independent
Cambridge Martin Lucas-Smith Green Party
Cambridge Tom Woodcock Respect - the unity coalition
Carshalton & Wallington Bob Steel Green Party
Central Ayrshire Denise Morton Scottish Socialist Party
Chipping Barnet AM Poppy Green Party
Clwyd South Mark Antony Strong Plaid Cymru
Colne Valley Lesley Hedges Green Party
Conwy Paul Rowlinson Plaid Cymru
Croyden Central Bernice Golberg Green Party
Dumfries and Galloway John Dennis Scottish Socialist Party
Dunfermline Susan Archibald Scottish Socialist Party
Eastbourne Clive Gross Green Party
East Dunbartonshire Pamela Page Scottish Socialist Party
Glasgow North Nick Tarlton Scottish Socialist Party
Glasgow South Kay Allan Scottish Green Party
Guilford John Morris Peace Party
Finchley and Golders Green Noel Lynch Green Party
Folkestone and Hythe Hazel Dawe Green Party
Hackney North and Stoke Newington Mischa Borris Green Party
Havant Tim Dawes Green Party
Hornsey and Wood Green Jayne Forbes Green Party
Huddersfield Julie Stewart-Turner Green Party
Inverness, Nairn... Donnie Macleod Scottish Green Party
Kensington and Chelsea Eddie Adams Alliance for Green Socialism
Leicester South Matt Follett Green Party
Leicester West Steve Score Socialist Alternative
Lewisham Deptford Darren Johnson Green Party
Liverpool Riverside Peter Cranie Green Party
Manchester Withington Brian Candeland Green Party
Moray Norma Anderson Scottish Socialist Party
Newcastle East and Wallsend Bill Hopwood Socialist Party
Newcastle under lyme Andrew Dobson Green Party
North Ayrshire and Arran Colin Turbett Scottish Socialist Party
Northaven Alan Pinder Green Party
North East Fife Jack Ferguson Scottish Socialist Party
North Southwark and Bermondsey Störm Poorun Green Party
North Swindon Andy Newman Socialist Unity
Norwich North Adrian Holmes Green Party
Nottingham East Ashley Baxter Green Party
Ochil and South Perthshire Iain Campbell Scottish Socialist Party
Oxford West and Abingdon Tom Lines Green Party
Reading East Rob White Green Party
Reading West Adrian Windisch Green Party
Regent's Park... Paul Miller Green Party
Rhonnda Layton Jones Plaid Cymru
Ross, Skye and Lochaber David Jardine Scottish Green Party
Ross, Skye and Lochaber Anne Macleod Scottish Socialist Party
Scarborough and Whitby Jonathon Dixon Green Party
Sheffield Central Bernard Little Green Party
Sheffield Hallam Rob Cole Green Party
Sheffield Heeley Mark Dunnell Socialist Party
Southampton Test John Spottiswood Green Party
Stirling County Rowland Sheret Scottish Socialist Party
Stratham Shane Collins Green Party
Stroud Martin Whiteside Green Party
Suffolk Coastal Paul Whitlow Green Party
Swansea West Martyn Shrewsbury Green Party
Swansea West Rob Williams Socialist Party
Tottenham Pete McAskie Green Party
Vauxhall Danny Lambert Socialist Party (Great Britain)
Wansbeck Nic Best Green Party
Waveney Graham Elliott Green Party
Western Isles Joanne Tefler Scottish Socialist Party
West Worcestershir Malcolm Victory Green Party
Windsor Derek Wall Green Party




Hi there,


I’m writing to invite you to take part in the famous Socialist Unity general election questionnaire. It shouldn’t take long and the results will appear unadulterated on the leftfield website where, literally, thousands of people will read it.


When filling in the questionnaire simply type your answers in the space between each question. We advise that you don’t go mad and write an essay for each one, but you don’t need to stick to one word answers either.


The first four questions are simply there so people know who is filling in the questionnaire. Once you’ve done return the form to



party name (if any)

link / contact details for potential supporters

what do you think is the most important issue in this election?

why did you make the decision to stand in this constituency and for this party (as an independent)?

what kind of vote are you expecting on May 5th?

aside from the vote what are you hoping to get out of this campaign?

in your view what is the greatest threat to our civil liberties at the moment?

Blair has taken us to war three times since coming to power (not including the occasional ad hoc bombing raid) in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. Can war ever be justified?

There is very little left to privatise in this country, if you had your way what would be brought into public hands?

Some environmental campaigners have started talking about nuclear power as a way to bring down CO2 emissions - what do you think of this?


Asylum and immigration will be central issues in this election. What action on this issue would you like to see the next government push through?

What question do you wish was on this list but doesn't appear?


April 2005


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