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Questions that by-election candidates should answer


CONSTITUENTS in Old Bexley and Sidcup will be aware that there are 11 candidates standing in the by-election on Thursday, December 2, 2021 They are, in alphabetical order:

Elaine Cheeseman, English Democrats 

Daniel Francis, Labour                              

Louie French, Conservative                   

Richard Hewison, Rejoin EU                         

David Kurten, Heritage   

John Poynton, UKIP  

Simone Reynolds, Liberal Democrats          

Jonathan Rooks, Green

Richard Tice, Reform UK                                  

Carol Valinejad, Christian People’s Alliance                                   

Mad Mike Young, Monster Raving Loony                 

Four – Kurten, Tice, Poynton and Cheeseman – could broadly be argued to be standing on an anti-lockdown ticket. But the voters have a right to know where they stand on the details. They also have a right to know the positions the other candidates take on lockdown and what the detailed positions of allthe candidates are on social distancing rules, masks, vaccination, informed consent, mandatory vaccine, vaccine injury compensation and vaccine passports or ‘covid passes’.   

To find out their views I have sent the following questionnaire to all the 11candidates. It gives each the opportunity to explain where they stand on the last 20 months’ infringement of our basic freedoms and rights. TCW Defending Freedom will be publishing their replies in full or will say if they do not return it.


Dear Candidate,

Never was it more important for the constituents of Old Bexley and Sidcup to know where you stand on the most controversial and vexatious issues of the day, revolving around the Government’s chosen response to the coronavirus pandemic. I would therefore be most grateful if you would complete this questionnaire, so constituents clearly understand where you stand on these contentious issues. 

I respectfully request the responses to be emailed back by Sunday November 21, 2021. 

This letter and questionnaire to all 11 candidates will be published on TCW Defending Freedom and candidates’ responses published the following week and shared with other media. Non-responders will be listed. 

1 (a) Do you believe lockdowns were the correct response to the pandemic? Yes/No

(b) Were you aware they were not the tried and tested WHO approved pandemic response? Yes/No

(c) Has the collateral cost (national debt, NHS queues, domestic violence, mental health, education disruption, supply chain disruption) been worth it? Yes/No

(d) Have children borne the worst brunt of the Government’s Covid policies, suffering negative health, mental health and education effects? Yes/No 

Further comment if desired . . .

 2 (a) Do you believe in mass Covid-19 testing and tracing? Yes/No

(b) Do you believe PCR and LFT tests are reliable enough? Yes/No

(c) Would resources have been better spent manning fever or isolation hospitals? Yes/No

Further comment if desired . . .

3 (a) Do you believe in the restrictions imposed on foreign travel? Yes/No

(b) Should these restrictions have come in earlier? Yes/No

(c) Are restrictions any longer justified (now we know that Covid has a much lower infection fatality ratio than earlier predictions and is negligible in under 65s, and a mean age of Covid-attributed death of over 80? Yes/No

Further comment if desired . . .

4 (a) Do you believe the current travel quarantine regulations are reasonable? See here. Yes/No

(b) Do you believe the current domestic self isolation rules are acceptable? See here. Yes/No

Further comment if desired . . .

5 With regard to the Covid-19 mass vaccination programme:

(a)  Are you aware that the vaccines have not been shown in clinical trials to reduce transmission, hospitalisation or death and that they were not designed for this purpose? Yes/No

(b) Are you aware that the phase 3 trials are not over, that the safety data is not complete and that the earliest trials will run into 2023? Yes/No

(c) Are you aware the Covid-19 vaccines are not due to be officially considered for MHRA licensing until 2023? Yes/No

(d) Do you agree with the Government’s child vaccination programme? Yes/No

(e) Do you believe that school facilities should be used for Covid-19 vaccinations? Yes/No

(f) Do you agree with the Government’s policy of mandatory vaccinations for care home staff? Yes/No

(g) Do you agree with the Government’s policy of mandatory vaccinations for NHS front-line staff? Yes/No

(h) Do you agree with mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policies for any other group? Yes/No

(i) Do you agree with Covid passes and restriction of access to travel and facilities for those who refuse the vaccination for whatever reason? Yes/No

(j) Do you believe the Government’s Covid-19 vaccination policy is coercive? Yes/No

(k) Do you believe there has been properly informed consent for vaccination? Yes/No

Further comment if desired . . .

6 (a) Do you believe the Yellow Card reporting scheme for covid vaccine adverse reactions and fatalities is fit for purpose Yes/No

(b) Should the MHRA (the regulatory body that runs the Yellow Card Scheme) be mandated to follow up every vaccine death and report them as it does Covid deaths? Yes/No 

(c) Do you believe the Government is spending too much of taxpayers’ money on Covid-19 vaccines and not enough on improving the health and immune systems of the population? Yes/No

(d) Do you believe that the £120,000 cap on compensation for Covid-19 damage or death  is adequate? Yes/No

(e) Do you think the Government was right to indemnify the vaccine manufacturers against vaccine injury? Yes/No

Further comment if desired . . .

 7 (a) Do you believe that freedom of speech and assembly have been adversely affected by the Government’s Covid restrictions? Yes/No

(b) Do you agree with Covid regulation breaching fines or punishments? Yes/No

(c) Have Covid regulation breaches rules been fairly applied? Has there been one rule for politicians and another for the people? Yes/No

Further comment if desired . . .

8 Do you believe it should be compulsory to wear face masks in any setting? Yes/No

Further comment if desired . . .

9 Will you commit to signing the petition for a referendum on the UK Coronavirus Act to put pressure on the Government to abolish it? Yes/No          

 10 Will you commit to reviewing the Public Health Act 1984 as to its use during the Covid crisis? Yes/No

Further comment if desired . . .

11 Should all Covid-19 restrictions end and all freedoms be restored immediately? Yes/ No

Further comment if desired . . .

12 Do you believe the conduct of Government ministers, MPs, civil and public servants, senior NHS and media personnel involved in the promotion of the Government’s covid-19 policies should be investigated criminally? Yes/ No

Further comment if desired . . .

Please write any further comment you wish to make . . .

I thank you for your kind co-operation in completing this questionnaire

Anthony Webber

On behalf of the National Alliance (UK) for Freedom from Lockdowns, a non-party political alliance.

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Anthony Webber
Anthony Webber
Anthony Webber is an independent political commentator and founder of the umbrella body, the National Alliance for Freedom from Lockdowns.

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