Mark Reckless today joined Atul Hatwal, Director of Migration Matters Trust, on BBC’s Daily Politics to discuss the impact which mass immigration has had on the United Kingdom.
Speaking after the show Mark said:
“I know from talking to my constituents that the issue of immigration is one of their top concerns and I welcome the action which this government has taken to cut net inflow to the UK. We remain on course to cut immigration from the 100s of thousands seen under Labour to the 10s of thousands.
I look forward to debating the further proposed measures aimed at limiting immigration this coming Tuesday when the Immigration Bill returns to the House of Commons for its second reading.”
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Speaking on this evening’s BBC South East news programme item, Mark Reckless MP called for France to take greater responsibility in shouldering the burden of non-EU migrants seeking a better life in Europe:
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Older people from the Hoo Peninsula have told Mark Reckless that he must ensure that the needs of older people in rural communities in England are properly considered by all levels of government.
The call came at an event hosted by Karen Treacy of Age UK Medway at The Village Hall, Mallard Way, Lower Stoke, Rochester on 23rd August 2013 and was part of Age UK’s nationwide campaign “Later Life in Rural England” which aims to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities faced by older people living in rural England.
Issues and concerns raised during the meeting included:-
- Loneliness and isolation: several residents feel lonely and isolated and wish she had someone to talk to on a regular basis
- Policing in the area: a few residents complained of trouble caused by youths in the area and lack of police on patrol to deal with it
- Bus routes and services: there was a general concern from residents that there is no direct bus route to the main hospital and that many have to pay for taxis to attend appointments. Buses run far less frequently than in town areas and residents feel that there should be more buses running more frequently
- GPs: It was felt that there should be a medical centre similar to the Will Adams in Gillingham available to all residents
- Sheltered accommodation and residential care: residents complained that most of the housing is now owned privately and costs are extortionate
- Post office: there was concern that the local post office was moving to a less convenient location but Mark Reckless said that this was now not going ahead
- District nurse: A resident claimed that the local district nurse was being removed from Hoo and they now have to travel to Rochester to see a nurse
- Oil heating : A resident asked what is the government going to do to cut costs
Mark Reckless MP said:
“I was delighted to meet with some of the older members of our community to listen to and discuss their concerns about living in the countryside.
There are many positive aspects of living in a rural environment – people in the countryside do tend to live longer. However, as we heard, there are also a number of issues which we need to continue working on such as rural transport, energy costs, and access to health services.
I would like to thank Age UK Medway for organising this very useful debate, and also all the residents who took the time to come along and share their views with me.”
John Norley, Chief Executive of Age UK Medway said:
“Life in rural parts of Medway can be tough for many older people with too many struggling to get to the shops and hospital because of lack of local bus services.
“The charity’s campaign “Later life in Rural England”, is calling for all levels of government to:
- “rural proof” policy and services that may have an impact on rural areas and make older people a priority in this process
- Take the “rural premium” and social value of services into account
- Support community participation
- Target social isolation in rural areas
To support the Later life in Rural England campaign or to find out more, please visit www.ageuk.org.uk/rural or contact Alice Woudhysen, Senior Campaigns Officer on email@example.com or 02030330516.
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With a year to go until we mark the centenary of the UK entering the First World War, Mark Reckless MP is urging his constituents to consider applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for community projects to learn more about the First World War.
HLF is making at least £1million a year available until 2019 as part of the First World War: then and now programme for small, community grants. It will provide grants of £3,000 to £10,000 enabling groups right across the UK to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.
Mark Reckless MP urged his constituents to think about how they would like to mark the Centenary.
Successful projects will include:
- researching, identifying and recording local heritage;
- creating a community archive or collection;
- developing new interpretation of heritage through exhibitions, trails, smartphone apps etc;
- researching, writing and performing creative material based on heritage sources;
- conserving and finding out more about war memorials
Mark Reckless MP said:
“I’m delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is making this money available to local communities. Like many areas across the UK, particularly given our strong and historic ties with our Armed Forces here in Medway, the impact of the First World War on the people of Rochester and Strood was extensive. For those who want to find out more about its legacy or who wish to mark the Centenary, I would urge them to get in touch with HLF.”
Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of HLF, said:
“The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund’s new programme will enable communities to explore the continuing legacy of this war and help young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”
HLF has already invested over £15million in projects – large and small – that will mark the Centenary of First World War. If a group have a project idea to mark the Centenary of the First World War, an online application pack is available http://www.hlf.org.uk/ThenAndNow
. If a group needs a grant of more than £10,000 for a First World War project, it can apply to HLF through its open programmes
Conservative MP Mark Reckless has criticised Theresa May’s legal strategy over the attempted deportation of Abu Qatada – but added that she has one more chance to succeed.
“The Home Secretary has pursued throughout the wrong legal strategy, she’s got one last chance and what she needs to do is to put the key constitutional questions to the Supreme Court – who has the last word, Strasbourg or the Supreme Court?
“If she does that, I think she can still win.”
The Court of Appeal turned down May’s attempt to take to the Supreme Court her fight to have Qatada deported and she will now appeal directly to the highest court in the country.
“There is a real chance but she needs a proper point of law to argue…
“She needs to make this big constitutional argument because we can win that.”
Text originally from ITV News
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