Friday, 30 April 2010

We Need To Protect Our Border

Mark Reckless is extremely concerned to learn that Labour are apparently slashing the number of immigration officers deployed at Dover to protect against illegal immigration:

Read the article here

As a member of the Kent Police Authority Mark is demanding to know whether Kent Police have been properly consulted about these proposals.

He is also questioning whether the civil service should be carrying them forward during an election period when they know that the Conservatives will introduce a new border force, combining police and immigration officers.


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Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Campaign Diary Week 3

It's a two horse race...


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It's A Two Horse Race...

Candidates from other parties have been uniting behind Mark as the only candidate who can beat Labour here and ensure that we do not get another five years of Gordon Brown.

Robin Johnson, the UKIP candidate, has stood down and thrown the weight of his party behind Mark, saying that he wanted to put country before party. Geoff Juby, the Liberal Democrat candidate, has not endorsed Mark officially but he told Medway Council, in what is a tight Labour-Conservative fight, that it would be better to have Mark as a new MP because, in contrast to Labour’s record, he expected Mark to fight in Parliament for Medway to be treated fairly. The Medway Independent Party has also decided not to put up a candidate against Mark, who is delighted with the support he is receiving from other parties, saying:

“It is wonderful that so many people from different parties are uniting behind me to beat Labour. I will work for everyone in this constituency.”


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Sunday, 25 April 2010

1 Minute of Labour


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Thursday, 22 April 2010

Celebrating St. George's Day

Mark Reckless, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Rochester and Strood, is calling on the people of Medway to join him in celebrating St George's day this Friday, and is launching a competition asking the public to share their ideas on how best to celebrate St George's day in the Medway Towns in coming years.

Members of the public are invited to submit their idea via this website (see below) for celebrating St George's day, and these in turn will be considered by Mark Reckless, Rodney Chambers (Leader of Medway Council) and other members of Medway Council's group.

"I was delighted that, soon after the Conservatives took over from Labour and LibDems in running the Council, I succeeded in my campaign for us to fly the union flag over Rochester Castle. Why is it though that we in England are the only one of the British nations not to have a bank holiday to celebrate our national day? We should celebrate being English as well as being British."

Rodney Chambers, Leader of Medway Council, has given his support to the idea;

"I welcome Mark's initiative and look forward to considering, with Mark, ideas from our residents on how we might best celebrate St George's Day."

Medway Council's Conservative group have already made great strides in recognising and promoting our shared English heritage in Medway. Last year Mark Reckless and fellow Conservative councillors voted to hold the first 'English' festival celebrating all that is good about living in England, and the festival will be held again this year as a regular part of Medway's festival season.

And Rodney Chambers has confirmed that the flag of St George will be flown at the Council's head office at Gun Wharf this coming Friday to commemorate St George's day.

To enter, simply email your idea to Mark Reckless and he will select the best five entries for consideration. We welcome entries from both individuals and groups, but you must live within the Medway area and must be willing to present your idea in front of members of the Medway Council group. There is no cash prize, but winners will be given full credit for their winning entry.


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Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Ending The Free Ride For Those Who Fail To Take Responsibility

A Conservative government will tear up the old ways of dealing with worklessness, which has got worse under Labour.

David Cameron will pledge to introduce a new welfare contract by the end of 2010 - a single comprehensive Work Programme offering unprecedented support for those looking for work, combined with new sanctions for anyone who refuses to work.

Welcoming the announcement, Mark Reckless said:

"Again and again on the doorstep I hear complaints from those who work hard and are just above the level at which they might get welfare payments. They complain that neighbours who could work are just allowed to carry on indefinitely living on benefits. I know those who work hard to support, not just their families, but neighbours who could work yet live on benefits, will support David Cameron taking the lead to change our welfare system."

The new welfare contract will draw on the principles of the Big Society, backing people who do the right thing but ending the free ride for those who fail to take responsibility. The new sanctions will be introduced within six months of a Conservative Government taking office.

Speaking this afternoon, David Cameron will say "the old way" of big government has failed. "It's time to tackle welfare dependency a new way - the Big Society way."

"We're going to change the whole way welfare is done in this country so everyone takes responsibility and plays their part. This is our new welfare contract: do the right thing and we will back you all the way. But fail to take responsibility - and the free ride is over."

As part of our Work Programme, we will offer unprecedented support to all those who are looking for work. We will:

- make sure you get help as soon as you need it - straight away for those really struggling to find work, and after six months if you’re less than 25 years old;
- help you start your own business by giving you access to a business mentor and start-up loans;
- create a range of business-led training places to get you started on the road to employment, with 50,000 places in the hospitality and leisure industry to begin with;
- give you somewhere to go during the day - Work Clubs - so you can learn skills, find opportunities, make useful contacts and provide other people with support;
- if you're under the age of 25, provide a huge range of extra training opportunities - 400,000 apprenticeship, training and college places over two years;
- and, pay back-to-work providers in full only if they get you into work for a year or more.

If you can't work and need to be paid Incapacity Benefit (IB) then we will give you the financial support to which you are entitled. And if you can work, and you actively look for work, we will give you unprecedented help to find a good job.

But you must keep to your side of the bargain. We will make sure that you are claiming the right benefits and, within six months of taking office, we will introduce new sanctions for anyone who refuses to look for work. We will:

- cut the benefits of anyone on Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) who refuses to join the Work Programme;
- cut the benefits of anyone who refuses to take up reasonable job offers: the first time for one month; the second time for three months; and, the third time for up to three years;
- cut benefits for up to three years for anyone caught repeatedly committing benefit fraud.
- reassess all current claimants of IB - if you are fit for work then you will be transferred onto JSA and your benefits will be reduced; and,
- require long-term benefit claimants who fail to find work to 'work for the dole' on community work programmes.

You can download a copy of the Welfare Contract in full here


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Monday, 19 April 2010

What It Takes To Change A Country


Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Campaign Diary - Week 1


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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Invitation To Join The Government Of Great Britain

A country is at its best when the bonds between people are strong and when the sense of national purpose is clear. Today the challenges facing Britain are immense. Our economy is overwhelmed by debt, our social fabric is frayed and our political system has betrayed the people. But these problems can be overcome if we pull together and work together. If we remember that we are all in this together.

Some politicians say: 'give us your vote and we will sort out all your problems'. We say: real change comes not from government alone. Real change comes when the people are inspired and mobilised, when millions of us are fired up to play a part in the nation's future.

Yes this is ambitious. Yes it is optimistic. But in the end all the Acts of Parliament, all the new measures, all the new policy initiatives, are just politicians' words without you and your involvement.

How will we deal with the debt crisis unless we understand that we are all in this together? How will we raise responsible children unless every adult plays their part? How will we revitalise communities unless people stop asking 'who will fix this?' and start asking 'what can I do?' Britain will change for the better when we all elect to take part, to take responsibility - if we all come together. Collective strength will overpower our problems.

Only together can we can get rid of this government and, eventually, its debt. Only together can we get the economy moving. Only together can we protect the NHS. Improve our schools. Mend our broken society. Together we can even make politics and politicians work better. And if we can do that, we can do anything. Yes, together we can do anything.

So my invitation today is this: join us, to form a new kind of government for Britain.

Download the Conservative Party Manifesto 2010 - Click Here


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Time Is Running Out...

In less than a month the people of our country will at long last go to the polls to deliver their verdict on 13 ruinous years of Gordon Brown. This will be the first opportunity anyone in England has had to vote for Gordon Brown, so it is important that you make sure your voice is heard by registering to vote.

The deadline for registering to vote is just days away (20th April), and if you are planning on voting for the change this country so desperately needs then it is vital that you act now.

Across the whole world, people have fought and died to win the right to vote. One only needs to think of the brave veterans who attend the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day, paying tribute to fallen comrades to see the high price we have had to pay to ensure every citizen in this proud country of ours has the right to decide how the country should be run.

Voting gives you the power to bring real change to Great Britain. It gives you the power to make sure the Conservatives can get to grip with Labour's mess. It gives you the power to have your say on 13 years of social-breakdown, failing education, and rising debt under Labour.

It gives you the power to say it is Time For Change.

If you want to Vote For Change on May 6th, you must make sure you are registered before the 20th April. It's not difficult and you can find out all the information you need at, or call the Electoral Commission on 0800 3280280.

For residents in Medway, you can check to see if you're already registered to vote by calling Electoral Services on 01634 332030 or email

With less than a week to register, it is really important that you act now. The power to decide on the path our country takes is in your hands: five more years of Gordon Brown, or real change under the Conservatives. Vote wisely and thanks for visiting.


Monday, 12 April 2010

NHS Action Day

Saturday was NHS Action Day for hundreds of Conservative candidates across the country. The Conservatives under David Cameron are determined to protect the NHS. We will remove the targets which distort clinical priorities and we are the only major party to have pledged real terms spending increases for the NHS every year.

For our NHS Action Day in Rochester and Strood I visited the Widsom Hospice in Rochester. The NHS provides the core clinical care at the Wisdom Hospice and volunteers and fund-raisers, like myself, work with the NHS to provide the extras which make the hospice such a loving environment for patients, including many in the last stages of their life.

As well as seeing families and learning more about what the volunteers are doing to look after them, I again heard today about the excellent care which the NHS nursing staff provide.

The Wisdom Hospice does not always find it easy top raise money in comparison to Demelza Hospice in Sittingbourne, so if you would like to join me in supporting the Wisdom Hospice, either as a volunteer or as a fund-raiser, then please visit the Friends of the Wisdom Hospice website for more information on how you can get involved.


Thursday, 8 April 2010

Clean Campaign Pledge

I, Mark Reckless, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Rochester and Strood, pledge in the General Election campaign:

•To show by my actions that politics need not be a dirty game, but can be a clean and positive activity, engaged in genuinely for the good of all.
•To tell the truth about what I stand for and have achieved, and about what others stand for and have achieved.
•To refrain from personal attacks.
•To make only honest and reasonable promises.
•To fight a clean, positive and honest campaign around the issues that concern local people.
•To be honest about public spending, and not to scaremonger in ways that may frighten the most vulnerable members of our society.
•To take money only from organisations and individuals whose motives in giving money I do not have reason to suspect.
•To sign up to the transparency pledge on MPs’ expenses below.

I encourage voters:

•To expect from me decent and honest behaviour, as a candidate.
•To ask other Parties operating in this election to sign up to a similar honest campaign pledge.
•To help me enforce this Pledge, by reporting truthfully to me and to the media any apparent breaches.

Finally, if elected, I pledge:

•To publish online details of all of personal expenses incurred as a Member of Parliament.
•To publish online details of all office expenses incurred as a Member of Parliament.
•To publish online details of all donations in line with Electoral Commission rules.
•To appoint a local firm of auditors to approve expenses accounts at the end of every financial year.
•To open up the unedited expenses claims to local newspapers at the end of every financial year.
•Never to claim for food, furniture or household goods.
•To meet all tax liabilities – such as stamp duty – without claiming them from the taxpayer.

With thanks to Tracey Crouch


Thursday, 1 April 2010

InTouch With Medway Commuters

Mark Reckless and a team of local Conservatives handed out Mark's latest Commuter InTouch and Survey at rail stations across Medway this morning.

If you didn't manage to get a copy, you can download the latest edition by clicking here or on the photo. To help the environment you can also take the Survey online by clicking on the link to the right or click here

What's in this issue -

Effective Campaigning For Local Commuters

Mark Reckless Campaigned For Peak Hour Trains to Stop At Rochester ... And Delivered!

Last year Mark Reckless, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Rochester and Strood, met with Southeastern managers to discuss the impact of above inflation fare increases and changes to the timetable on Southeastern's Medway services. Working with the independent Fair's Fare for Medway campaign, Mark Reckless won a significant victory for local commuters when Southeastern finally agreed to introduce regular peak hour stopping services at Rochester station.

Previously Rochester and Strood commuters were forced to travel to Chatham station to catch the fast peak time services into London, but thanks to Mark's effective campaigning many hundreds of local commuters now find they have more time at home in the morning and in the evening.

But there is still much to do. Fares are still too high and the new timetable isn't working for many. The campaign continues!

How Much Will Rail Strike Cost You?

Mark Reckless is calling on members of the RMT and TSSA unions to reconsider their decision to press ahead with the national rail strike next week. At a time when many commuters and their families are already struggling to get through Labour's recession, the last thing people here in Medway need is aggressive union action that will prevent many from getting to their place of work. Many will find they have no option but to use precious holiday time they can ill afford or, worse still, be forced to take unpaid leave.

Once again, it's the hardworking taxpayers of this country who will be made to pay for Gordon Brown's weakness in the face of union militancy, and that simply isn't acceptable. It's time for change.

Penalty Fares Unfair On HS1?

Mark is currently looking at the issue of penalty fares issued to non-HS1 season ticket holders who have reported that the facility to purchase upgrades onboard the trains has been removed.

When the service began last December, Southeastern actively promoted the fact that regular season ticket holders could purchase their upgrades en route, but it appears this facility was removed at some point without any prior notification leaving many unsuspecting commuters facing unjustified penalty fare notices. If you have had this problem, let Mark know as he may be able to get you a refund.

Download Mark's Commuter InTouch - Click Here


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