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.
MAGIC 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.”
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.
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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.
All 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.
I believe in Britain. We are a great country. Britons have always been amongst the most innovative and creative people on earth. Britain has led the way because Britons have been free. Those with power were held to account with government answering to the people.
Tragically this has begun to change. Power over Britain too often is wielded by people we cannot call to account. The established parties offer more of the same as they protect vested interests and business as usual. Only UKIP offers you real change.
I only stood for Parliament because I want to change how politics works. You are my boss. When I knew I had to change party to get us real change, I knew I had to ask your permission in a by-election.
I put the Rochester and Strood constituency at the centre of national debate. I helped secure over £13 million to rebuild our A&E at Medway hospital. I forced a Public Inquiry into the Conservative decision to approve building 5,000 houses in a bird sanctuary at Lodge Hill.
By re-electing me as your MP you can ensure that government has to listen to us, take action on immigration, and invest more in our local NHS.
I have helped over 8,000 people since I was elected as our MP. I will always be a local champion, putting the needs of our area first.
Please let me know if you would like to help with my campaign, particularly if you could spare even an hour or two on election day, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or completing the online form here.
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Only Mark Reckless can stop Boris Johnson destroying our Hoo Peninsula.
Mark led the campaign against Boris Island, and won!
If, as expected, Boris is soon Tory leader a Tory MP here would be whipped to back his airport.
Mark Reckless has a track record of beating Boris.
Nigel Farage has agreed with Mark that UKIP will block Boris as PM unless he drops his airport plan.
On 7th May, vote UKIP to save our Peninsula.
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Mark Reckless, UKIP Parliamentary candidate for Rochester and Strood, has welcomed the decision to refuse planning permission to build 475 houses on the land west of Hoo.
Mark Reckless and UKIP’s Cllr Chris Irvine joined local residents in objecting to Taylor Wimpey’s plans to concrete over the significant greenfield site following Tory Medway Council’s complete failure to develop a coherent local plan. UKIP’s Cllr for Strood Rural, Peter Rodberg, who is on the planning committee, voted against the plans but was shocked that Tories on the planning Committee once again used this is an opportunity to push the discredited plans to destroy Lodge Hill.
Speaking of the decision, Mark Reckless said:
“I was delighted to hear the news that the council had accepted the arguments which I and many local residents had submitted against these plans. UKIP is the only party standing up for local residents and opposing large-scale development of our Hoo Peninsula. I will continue to put people before politics, and fight to protect our villages and communities on the Hoo Peninsula.”