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Mark Reckless: Cutting the EU budget and delivering an In/Out referendum



Working hard for Rochester and Strood


Supporting local jobs

Our local Member of Parliament for Rochester and Strood Constituency

Mark Reckless joined Royal Mail Chief Executive Moya Green to officially open the new state-of-the -art mail sorting centre in Strood. Mark congratulated Royal Mail on making such a huge investment in jobs and our local economy.

Dear Resident,

Supporting local children Mark leads campaign saving Marlowe Park Surgery in Strood

Mark Reckless MP leads the charge to cut EU budget for the first time ever

On 31 October 2012, Mark Reckless led a rebellion of 53 Conservative MPs to inflict the first House of Commons defeat on this coalition government. A majority of MPs voted to pass Mark’s amendment to require a cut in the EU budget. The vote was described by one national newspaper as ‘one of the most lethal parliamentary ambushes in decades and that in a single, brilliantly executed parliamentary coup, this soft-spoken, unassuming and thoughtful man - Mark Reckless - may have achieved more than many other politicians do in a lifetime.’ As a result of leading the successful rebellion Mark was voted 'pin up of the year' by the TaxPayers’ Alliance and

Mark joined local children and teachers from schools in Rochester and Strood for the presentation of equipment earned through the Tesco schools vouchers scheme. If you would like to arrange a school visit to Parliament, get in touch!

he also finished top of the overall ConservativeHome poll for 'backbencher of the year'. As well as being the Conservative candidate, Mark was endorsed by UKIP at the 2010 election and is proud to have used his mandate in Parliament to fight for an independent Britain. Mark believes that Britain should be an independent country, trading with Europe, but governing ourselves and controlling our own borders. He helped found the Better Off Out campaign and believes Britain could emulate the success of Switzerland outside of the European Union. Mark has welcomed the Prime Minister’s pledge to hold an In/Out referendum by 2017.

Supporting our local environment Meeting with local farmers to discuss rural issues on the Hoo Peninsula

Mark Reckless is leading the No Estuary Airport campaign. With local councillors, residents and activists, Mark is working hard to ensure that this grotesquely expensive, environmentally devastating, and pie in the sky proposal doesn’t get off the ground.

Supporting apprenticeships Mark celebrates with members of the local Ravidassia community

Mark Reckless took time to visit the Medway Queen Preservation Society project at Gillingham Pier to find out how our local young people are benefitting through investment in their future skills while supporting our local heritage.

Supporting regeneration Mark joins Crisis charity walkers on Walk to End Homelessness campaign

“The Prime Minister has promised an In/Out referendum. It is therefore time for everyone to get behind the PM and campaign for that referendum.” “Mark is that rarest of creatures: an MP motivated by disinterested patriotism. He has never been afraid to take people on, including in his own party, when he thinks that they are wrong. Also he has never forgotten that his first duty is to the people of Rochester and Strood. There is no finer MP in my region.”

Mark also joined local apprentices for the visit of Bob Neill MP to view the regeneration work underway in Rochester and Chatham. Mark has welcomed the opportunity for our young people to gain valuable experience while delivering much-needed housing for local residents.

How to contact Mark Reckless Daniel Hannan MEP

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Since being elected in 2010 I have worked as hard as I can to represent all of the residents in the Rochester and Strood constituency, however they voted, and regardless of how party whips might want me to vote in Parliament. As your local Member of Parliament, I have consistently campaigned for an EU referendum. Last year I won a Parliamentary vote to secure the first ever cut to the European Union budget, as well as persuading the Prime Minister to agree an In/Out referendum on our membership of the European Union by 2017. Despite the difficulties of being in coalition, I believe the Government has a good record on key issues which I know are of great concern to us all:

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Immigration down - net inflow cut from 255,000 a year under Labour to 153,000, and set to fall further; Benefits capped - so that no out of work household can claim more than the average working family earns; Cutting Labour’s deficit - We’ve cut Labour’s deficit by a third while delivering a £600 tax cut for 24 million people; and More jobs - 1.25 million new jobs created in the private sector.

Locally, there is also much to be positive about. I have worked to help secure a new University Technical College (UTC) to teach key vocational skills to our young people, as used to happen in the Dockyard. We will be getting a new railway station for Rochester and a new Kent Fire and Rescue HQ. Strood Academy was built after I worked for that funding to be confirmed, and we have continued investment into our local economy for jobs and regeneration. I look forward to continuing representing you and all of the residents of Rochester and Strood constituency in Parliament. Yours faithfully

Mark Reckless MP THAMES ESTUARY AIRPORT It’s Time To Have Your Say!

The Davies Commission is currently considering options for aviation capacity in the South East. Unlike ten years ago there is no government proposal for an Estuary Airport, but the Mayor of London and various developers have made proposals. Over 90% of residents on the Hoo Peninsula have said NO to an Estuary Airport. Now we are extending the ballot to the rest of the Rochester and Strood constituency. Mark would like to know your view. If you haven’t already voted, please return the ballot or visit to have your say.


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