VIDEO: Sunday Politics South East 14th June 2015

Mark Reckless, UKIP’s Director of Policy, joins Julia George on BBC’s Sunday Politics South East to discuss the forthcoming EU Referendum and why Britain is better off trading with Europe, but governing ourselves.

VIDEO: Daily Politics 8th June 2015

Mark Reckless, UKIP, joins David Campbell Bannerman MEP on the BBC’s Daily Politics to discuss the forthcoming EU Referendum

VIDEO: BBC Sunday Politics South East

UKIP’s Mark Reckless speaks to BBC’s Sunday Politics South East show following his general election defeat in Rochester and Strood.

Guest Blog: Strood GP endorses UKIP’s Mark Reckless

WP_20150223_050In two days people in Medway will be making a choice about who should be entrusted to represent them in the government for the next 5 years. This choice will determine how things shape up in Medway and in the country and whether life will continue to be a struggle or things will ease and whether we would see progress or stagnation.

This right to vote is not just a privilege, it is a great responsibility. There is no choice of staying at home and saying – ‘Nothing will change, so why vote.’ If you say that, you are underestimating your voice and by doing so, you forfeit the right to demand accountability from your leaders.

When you cast your vote, it is important to remember that you are voting for people not just Parties because, ultimately, it is the people and their ethos that count. You want a strong MP who will stand by you, your interests and values even if his Party may not approve it. Someone who believes that his hometown is where he belongs and remains loyal to his supporters even though placed in an ivory tower. Someone who is tried and trusted and has not belied hopes. Someone who is Mark Reckless!

We at Marlowe Park Medical Centre remember your hard work and stand by you – go for it Mark!

Dr Sanjeev Juneja, Marlowe Park Medical Centre, Strood

Best wishes Ted!

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Mark has been privileged to serve with Councillor Ted Baker as a ward colleague.

Ted is standing down at this election after over thirty years of service to Medway Council and the old Rochester upon Medway Council. Ted twice served as Mayor of Medway, in 2001/02 and again in 2011/12, and has been Deputy Mayor on five occasions.

Hundreds, probably thousands, of people across Rochester will recall Ted’s kindness and the help he has given to so many people on matters big and small. It is wonderful that Ted’s service to Rochester was marked by Medway Council making him an Honorary Alderman at its meeting on 23rd April. Mark Reckless said:

“Over the past 15 years Ted has taught me a great deal about Rochester and its history, as well as always putting constituents first. I am grateful to him. Many reading this will want to join me in wishing Ted and his wife Sylvia a very happy retirement”.

Getting Strood Moving

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Mark Reckless would like to thank the hundreds of people across Strood who returned the survey on his proposed road changes to Get Strood Moving.

The four different measures which Mark proposes to improve traffic flow through Strood gained substantial support in the consultation:

  • 86% support introducing traffic lights at Darnley Arch roundabout;
  • 89% support changes to Commercial Road between B&Q and McDonalds;
  • 92% support creating a new one way Strood-bound road from Rochester Bridge through to Strood Retail Park and Knights Road; and
  • 91% support improvements to the Medway City Estate exit including a new third lane up to the Sans Pareil roundabout.

Having confirmed money is available, Mark will now look to progress these improvements with Medway Council if he is re-elected.

Medway’s MAGIC!

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Mark Reckless, UKIP’s Parliamentary candidate for Rochester and Strood, yesterday visited Medway MAGIC. The “Medway Autism Group and Information Centre”, based in Cliffe Woods, is a charitable, non-profit organisation which relies on donations, sponsorship, and funding from the local council. After a brief introduction to the staff and volunteers Mark was given a guided tour of the centre by Gayna Simmonds, the CEO of MAGIC. Gayna, who has two autistic children herself, spoke passionately about the need for continued support from the government.

Having visited MAGIC at its previous base In Rochester in 2011, Mark was pleased to see the continued development and improvement of the services offered to children. Mark believes firmly in the importance of looking after the most vulnerable in society and securing support for good causes, while also championing exceptional local projects. The enthusiasm and dedication that was evident from speaking to the full-time staff and volunteers was especially encouraging for Mark, who has campaigned for a charter to improve mental health services for children with autism.

magic2MAGIC plays an important role as a haven for children who cannot cope in mainstream education, and offers respite care for parents and carers alike. The organisation is currently in the process of raising funds in an attempt to buy the building they currently occupy at auction, which would allow them to focus on the long term development of their facilities.

Mark Reckless said:

“I continue to be impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of Gayna and her team of volunteers at Medway MAGIC.

Having a child with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or Autistic Syndrome (ASD) can be challenging in terms of finding the right help and advice. Medway has, on average, double the normal level of autistic children, and has therefore a pressing need for a successful and well managed programme to assist in the development, support, and education of autistic children. Both the size of the centre, the breadth of the facilities available, and the general ethos were very impressive and encouraging for the future of the charity.

Medway MAGIC has done a great job in raising awareness of the issues surrounding children with Autism and I am proud to offer my continued support.”