• As Chair of the River Hull Advisory Board Greg led successful efforts to remove thirteen sunken vessels from the River Hull to improve the flow of the river and reduce the risk of flooding.
• Obtained funding grants of £10,000 to help boost retail trade in Market Weighton and Bridlington.
• Together with 80 other politicians from across the political spectrum, he is campaigning for increased transport investment in Yorkshire and the North.
• Nominated for ‘MP of the month’ by road Safety Charity BRAKE for campaigning for improvements on A1079.
• Successfully lobbied for funding for the new A1079 Holme Road roundabout.
• Obtained flood defences for Stamford Bridge.
• Helped to obtain £1.2 million from the government for areas affected by coastal erosion in the East Riding.
• Obtained additional £8 million funding for dualling a section of the A1079 awarded in January 2015.
• Opened a newly refurbished operating theatre at Bridlington Hospital made possible with £500,000 additional investment under Conservative Health Minister Andrew Lansley MP who visited the hospital at Greg’s request.
• With other local MPs, successfully secured a fairer school funding formula.
• With other local MPs, successfully secured a Toll reduction on the Humber Bridge.
• Campaigned for the retention of services at Driffield and Bridlington hospitals against the plans of the local Clinical Commissioning Group.
• Greg was the first MP to raise in the House of Commons the need for more investment to prevent future flooding. Since 2016 he has chaired the River Hull Advisory Board which is working to improve flood prevention across the East Riding.
• Successfully campaigned against the Thornholme Fields wind farm application and secured a change in Conservative Party policy to completely remove the windfarm subsidy so that future on-shore windfarm applications will not be attractive to developers to pursue.
• Obtained ‘Access for All’ funding to improve disabled access at Bridlington Railway Station in 2019.
• In 2019 he received a special award, in recognition of his support for the ‘Long Live the Local’ campaign. The award recognises the role that Sir Greg has played in supporting British pubs over the past two years and especially his support for successive freezes in beer duty which has secured thousands of jobs and millions of pounds worth of investment in the brewing and pub sector. He was presented with a unique tap handled trophy created for the occasion by the British Beer and Pub Association in London.
• Campaigned for new wheel clamping legislation.
• Successfully lobbied Government to introduce new ‘consumer friendly’ credit card regulations.
• With three other politicians, in 2014 he was presented with an award for helping to raise £1 million for charity since 2004.
• Successfully proposed an amendment to the Licensing Act so that all pubs were given a ‘Drinking Up Time’ of 20 minutes in place of just 10 minutes (this has since been further amended).
• Successfully campaigned for the introduction of a Foreign Lorry user charge.
• Helped forced the Payments Council to reverse its decision on abolishing cheques.
• Campaigned successfully for cuts to fuel duty and beer duty, and Sir Greg has been thanked by the British Beer and Pub Association for the part he played in securing beer duty reductions in two Budgets.
• Successfully fought for a cut in Bingo Duty.
• Successfully campaigned against excessive hospital car parking charges
• Successfully lobbied the government for increased road investment and improved flood defences.
• Has campaigned successfully for a commitment from Government to install CCTV cameras in slaughterhouses across the UK.
• Led calls in Parliament for an end to Japanese whale and dolphin slaughter.
• He has twice joined the elite 1% of MPs who have changed the law by the Private Members Bill procedure.
In July 2011 he successfully piloted through Parliament his first Private Member’s Bill, called the Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Act. The Act amends the law of succession in England and Wales where a person disclaims an inheritance; or is disqualified from receiving an inheritance by reason of the forfeiture rule. ‘It makes our law of succession fairer’, Greg has said.
His second Private members Bill, the Parking (Code of Practice) Act, which makes parking on private property fairer for motorists and introduces a statutory code of conduct for private car park operators, was passed by Parliament and became law in March 2019.
How do Local MPs Compare?
It is very difficult to compare the work of MPs because not all of the work is undertaken in the Chamber and some MPs have extra Committee work from time to time.
However, the official figures for the past year show that Greg came third from the top of local MPs in the number of times spoken in the House of Commons.
The full figures are:
Diana Johnson MP 155
Emma Hardy MP 64
Sir Greg Knight MP 33
Andrew Percy MP 29
Karl Turner MP 18
David Davis MP 15
Graham Stuart MP 11