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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.

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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.

VIDEO: Protecting our Hoo Peninsula

In this short video, Mark Reckless, UKIP’s Parliamentary candidate for Rochester and Strood, talks about his commitment to protecting our beautiful Hoo Peninsula, a place very close to his heart and to the hearts and minds of those who live in the area.

Mark led our campaign to defeat Boris and his proposed estuary airport. Now that David Cameron has said he plans to stand down with Boris likely to take over, the Hoo peninsula is not safe with the Conservatives. Mark has also forced a Public Inquiry into their plans to build 5,000 houses in a bird sanctuary at Lodge Hill. Every Conservative on the Planning Committee, including from Rochester and Strood, voted for that at Lodge Hill. The Council’s cabinet, in which Mark’s Conservative opponent sits, is now spending your money on lawyers to defend its Lodge Hill plan.

On 7th May, vote for Mark Reckless as the only candidate with a track record of defending and protecting our Hoo Peninsula.

UKIP Manifesto 2015

Speaking on Channel 4 News, Mark Reckless highlights the “extraordinarily impressive” national manifesto launched today.

Click Here to view UKIP’s manifesto for Britain

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Rochester train station speeding towards completion

Earlier today I was the guest of Network Rail at Rochester’s fast-emerging new station. I am grateful to Sara, Mary and site manager Tony for showing me around this amazing project as it speeds towards completion.

WP_20150414_051All is on schedule for the station’s completion and the introduction of a new timetable by 16th December. This should include two extra 12 car trains per hour during the morning peak with more trains stopping then at Rochester, the fruition of a long-term campaign for me.

Crucially, it was confirmed to me today, that there will be continuing scope for reduction in journey times to London after December.

Some trains may be a minute or two faster from December. However, greater time reductions should be in prospect thereafter, with line speeds potentially being increased as the safety and reliability of the new signalling system is proven.

Trains running 3-4 minutes faster to London would be great for Rochester, the wider Medway Towns, and all the way down the line to Ramsgate.