Plymouth MP Gary Streeter spent two hours fielding your questions
Charlie Dodd: Do you regret the closure of Plymouth Airport?
Gary Streeter: Yes. We all wanted the airport to remain open, but it was simply not viable. There is no public money available to subsidise it, but if a credible plan emerges for a new airport use, I will support it.
JCW: Do you feel that towing the party line, is as important, or more so than what is felt by the people within your constituency?
Gary Streeter: I made a decision in my first year as an MP to vote in this order: conscience, constituents and party. I have tried to stick with this, but others must judge how I have succeeded.
Luke Pollard: The Conservatives' 2010 General Election manifesto promised no top-down reorganisation of the NHS yet Andrew Lansley and David Cameron introduced the biggest overhaul of the health service since it was founded. Was it a mistake to make a pledge on the NHS your party and the coalition hasn't kept?
Gary Streeter: The NHS needed significant reform and I would rather decribe it as bottom up rather than top down. There are very encouraging signs that our reforms are beginning to bear real fruit as waiting times are falling.
Mark T: Gary, what do you think Plymouth's City Deal will mean to us?
Gary Streeter: The city deal is a huge win. It will give us a focus on marine technology.
Rod Pickles: 'Do you think the Conservative Party will have an outright majority at the next election?'
Gary Streeter: I hope so, but another coalition is a possibility. I think people will not trust Labour in tough times.
Steve: Are there any plans to build a skatepark in Plymstock?
Gary Streeter: I am supporting a bid by Plymstock school to do precisely this.
Charlie Dodd: Should Britain cut its billions in foreign aid to other countries?
Gary Streeter: No. We remain a relatively wealthy country and should do our bit to help people living in abject poverty. Also, it is in our national interest as it will help reduce one of the greatest challenges we face name the threat from mass migration and conflict.
Matt: Will your party do something about the blatant consumer rip-off that is SouthWest water?
Gary Streeter: The cost of our bills in this region is a by-product of the way the water industry was privatised in the 1990s and yes it was a Conservative government that did it. We are now having to address decades of under-investment while water was publicly owned. At least we are getting £50 off our bills this year and every year from now on.
John: Do you believe that Christians should be given exemption from equality laws?
Gary Streeter: No, but there should be reasonable accommodation built into our law for people who object to certain views and practices because of their sincere faith.
Bill: Given that, 100 days in, most people don't know who our police commissioner is – was the whole process a waste of money?
Gary Streeter: No, because his primary role is to make good strategic decisions which he is making, including the appointment of Sean Sawyer as the new chief constable. Tony Hogg will spend the next few years listening to local people so we will all get to know him.
Peter Wicks: Would you agree with Plymouth's Highways Agency that the roadworks to the east end of Plymouth are an improvement to the gateway to Plymouth?
Gary Streeter: Yes, I think the A379 is flowing more easily and Gdynia Way, when not flooded is working well.
Dan: Are you a supporter of the Government's Justice Bill? If so, don't you think that secret trials is the weapon of despots and totalitarian governments?
Gary Streeter: I do support the Bill. Your description of what it would achieve is absurd. All societies have secret trials in very rare circumstances when the issues in hand are security sensitive.
Your Name: How do you feel about the unfair bedroom tax?
Gary Streeter: At the moment people in private rented accommodation do not get housing benefit for spare bedrooms, so these changes will simply bring people in social housing into line.
Nigel: Any chance of diesel coming down?
Gary Streeter: The cost of crude oil for us is effectively going up because our currency has fallen against the dollar. I certainly support a freeze on any further tax hikes on fuel.
John: Do you agree with the EU when it comes to the cap on bankers bonuses?
Gary Streeter: This is a tricky one. None of us support these outrageous bank bonuses that a handful of people in investment banking receive, but if we want to keep the City of London as the premier financial centre for the world, with all the tax benefits that brings to the country, we do not want to drive investment banks from London to Tokyo or New York. I am happy to support the PM on this one.
Richie Hawkins: This is with regards to ATOS, what if anything is the Government doing about reports that the staff doing the medicals are not telling the truth? Gary Streeter: I have no evidence about this. I do help many constituents to appeal against ATOS decisions and several succeed. We have to have some way of screening people as sadly there is a stubborn minority who want to live off the rest of us when they are perfectly capable of working.
Tim: Why would anyone invest in Plymouth and South West Devon when Exeter provides such better transport connectivity?
Gary Streeter: You put your finger on our primary problem, that of peripherality. Plymouth is a place of massive potential, but we do have to speed up journey times.
Howard: The money supply is controlled by private banks' ability to create money from nothing as credit. Consequently paying down debt reduces the pool of money available – which creates recession. Why does no political party advocate monetary reform, where debt free money is created by the state and for the good of the people?
Gary Streeter: Probably because we do not understand it!
PB: Hi Gary, what is your view on the City of Culture 2017 bid?
Gary Streeter: I strongly support it and think that we can all get behind it. Our city is vibrant and dynamic and it is time the world knew more about us. The Herald is doing a great job in promoting this.
Steve Knight: Do you think that immigration something needs to be done to control the spiralling costs that immigrants and asylum seekers put on this country?
Gary Streeter: Yes and we are tackling this, witness the report yesterday that showed immigration falling by a third since we took over.
Mark S Truman: Do you think we should bring back the death penalty ?
Gary Streeter: I used to, but I suspect the moment has now passed.
Colin: You look very youthful in your photo. Do you take care about your diet and exercise? Do you dye your hair?
Gary Streeter: You are very kind. I eat badly, but walk from the kerb to my car. I do not dye my hair. The grey is beginning to sprout.