Knight Hails Removal of Sunken Vessels from the River Hull

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight, who is Chair of the River Hull Advisory Board, has welcomed the removal of thirteen sunken vessels from the River Hull and says that this will “improve the flow of the river and reduce the risk of flooding” for local communities, including farmers.

The sunken boats, located between Tickton and Beverley, have just been removed by contractors following plans put in place by Sir Greg’s committee as part of the River Hull Integrated Catchment Strategy (RHICS).

Sir Greg said: “Flooding alongside the River Hull represents the second largest flood risk to the wider area, so anything that can be done to reduce this risk is welcome.

“Not only did the contractors manage to remove the ten sunken vessels that had been identified, they also removed a further three previously unknown wrecks.

“Getting this clean-up underway has been a priority of mine, as a Member of Parliament for the area and Chair of the River Hull Advisory Board.”

“I am grateful to everyone involved” Sir Greg adds.

Knight in Calls for Review on BAE Jobs

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has signed a cross-party letter to the Prime Minister, along with 141 other MPs, urging action to try to save BAE jobs at Brough.

Following the announcement by BAE Systems last week of redundancies, driven by uncertainty in the defence market, all Hawk aircraft manufacturing will cease at Brough from the end of 2019.

Sir Greg is urging the Prime Minster to consider bringing forward the replacement for Britain’s Hawk aircraft, which includes the Red Arrows, whose ‘Out of Service Date’ has recently been extended from 2020 to 2030. This would both save the jobs at Brough and ensure the Red Arrows continue to fly British-made planes in the future.

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Sir Greg said, “The Red Arrows aerobatic team are a British icon and they risk being forced to adopt foreign-built aircraft.

I am asking the Government to consider acting on new orders now to replace these aging 1970’s planes, both for the sake of saving highly skilled jobs in East Yorkshire and also keeping an outstanding British team flying the British flag”.

Knight Backs Ivory Ban

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is welcoming Government plans to ban the sale and export of almost all ivory items in the UK.

The UK has already banned the trade in raw ivory tusks, but is still one of the world’s leading exporters of ivory carvings and antiques.

Previous proposals were for a ban on ivory except ivory items produced before 1947 but Sir Greg says “unscrupulous criminals have become adept at using dyes and other treatments to falsely ‘age’ ivory products, and then seek to pass them off as antique”.

Sir Greg, who has long campaigned on this issue, said: “Radical action needs to be taken because 20,000 elephants are killed by poachers every year. I am pleased that the Government are now acting to protect one of the world’s most iconic and treasured species for the next generation.”

He added: “The UK has become the world centre for ivory trading so we have a moral responsibility to take a stand on this matter”.

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Sir Greg Knight MP with Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate campaigning for an ivory ban at a recent International Fund for Animal Welfare event in the House of Commons

KNIGHT SEEKS FURTHER INFORMATION ON ‘TEMPORARY WARD CLOSURE’ AT BRIDLINGTON HOSPITAL

Bridlington’s MP Sir Greg Knight said he was seeking ‘further information’ from the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust who have decided to temporarily close Waters Ward at Bridlington Hospital.

Sir Greg said: “If this closure is truly of a temporary nature due to recruitment pressures then this is disappointing. However I am concerned to see that this is not an excuse to permanently remove staff and close the ward.

He added: “I am extremely dissatisfied that the Trust has not been in contact with me to explain or justify what they are doing before now and I am urgently seeking reassurances that this ward will re-open as soon as possible”.

Burlington School Visit Westminster

Students from Burlington Junior School have paid a visit to their local MP Greg Knight at Westminster.

The students were given a tour of the Palace of Westminster and they also visited the Queen’s robing room, the Royal Gallery and Westminster Hall.

After the tour they met East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg who explained how laws are made and how Parliament works before being quizzed by the students about the work of an MP.

Sir Greg said: “I was delighted to meet the students and explain the workings of Parliament. I believe that it is important that children visit Westminster so that they learn about how are laws are made before they reach voting age.”

He added: “I was very impressed with the interesting and varied questions from the students and pleased to see their interest in our democracy”.

Greg: “Back British Farming Day”

“British farmers produce the world’s best food and provide the raw materials to keep 4 million people employed”, according to East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight, who adds “It is crucial that we support the industry by ensuring measures are in place to encourage people to join the sector and to give farming a prosperous long-term future”.

Sir Greg made his remarks at Parliament on ‘Back British Farming Day’, 13th September.

He comments: “Farming is vital not only for the jobs it provides both in East Yorkshire and across the country but for its crucial contribution Britain’s £108 billion food and drink industry. The best way to help farming in Britain is to ‘buy British’. I am certainly giving my backing to Back British Farming Day.

Knight Welcomes Penalty Charging for Laggardly Roadworks

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is welcoming new government proposals to enable councils to charge utility companies by the hour for road works which cause traffic disruption.

Successful trials of ‘lane rental’ in London have seen congestion fall by more than 50%. The plans follow figures just released which show unnecessary delays on our roads cost the economy £4bn a year.

Sir Greg said: “These charges would encourage utility companies to avoid both busy routes and times and will also encourage companies to work together to avoid the same stretch of road being repeatedly ripped up. Most significantly it will also get the job done more quickly”.

“This will cut congestion, reduce journey times and reduce emissions caused by long tailbacks”.

Sir Greg added, “It is my hope that at the end of the day councils will not raise too much extra money through this, but that road works will be completed faster and at less busy times”.

The Local Government Association welcomed the proposals and said it was “delighted”.

If approved by Parliament the proposals will come into effect by 2019.

Better School Funding

East Riding schools are set to benefit from a new National Funding Formula (NFF) in 2018.

Local MPs Graham Stuart and Sir Greg Knight have long called for action and campaigned for change to a fairer system.

The new formula, which will come into effect in 2018, will give every local school a cash boost and provide a more transparent system for educational funding.

The Department for Education have said that every school will benefit from the new formula. Had the NFF been in place for the 2017/18 academic year, schools across The East Riding would have seen an increase in their income on average over 4%.
While the NFF will give specific assistance to schools and pupils in deprived areas, the funding is designed to help every school pupil.

In Sir Greg’s view, for too long, some areas have not received a fair share of the education budget, and he welcomes the news that the Government is starting to redress the balance.

The campaign led by Graham, Sir Greg and others has helped persuade the Government to introduce this new national funding formula.

Knight Welcomes Action on ‘Flood Risk’ Hulks

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is welcoming plans by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to remove ten sunken vessels from the River Hull, which are increasing the risk of flooding in the area. The sunken boats are located between Tickton and Beverley and the plans are to remove the boats by the end of September this year.

Sir Greg, who chairs the River Hull Board said: ‘These vessels have been identified as causing an obstruction of the river and it was decided, rightly in my view, to remove them as part of the River Hull Integrated Catchment Strategy (RHICS), which is designed to improve the flow of the river and reduce the risk of flooding for local communities.

“Flooding in the River Hull valley represents the second biggest flood risk to the wider area so anything that can be done to reduce the risk of flooding is welcome”.

Following a meeting this month of the River Hull Board, chaired by Sir Greg, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council is now arranging the relevant permits with the Environment Agency to undertake this salvage work.

Sir Greg added: ‘Removing these sunken vessels from the River Hull is a key part of the RHICS. I am pleased that all of the interested parties involved in the River Hull Board are playing their part in helping to reduce the risk of flooding for hundreds of homes and businesses alongside the River Hull and are now taking action that many local communities and farmers have been calling for’.

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Knight Welcomes New Slaughterhouse Action

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has warmly welcomed the announcement by the Government that CCTV is to become mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England under plans to safeguard animal welfare.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the proposals would ‘cement the UK’s position as a global leader on animal welfare’ by giving the Food Standards Agency unrestricted access to footage of all areas containing livestock.

The announcement follows a campaign by Greg, animal welfare groups and others for CCTV to become mandatory in abattoirs.

The Government also said it would raise standards for farm animals by updating statutory animal welfare codes to reflect advancements in medicine and technology and also take into account the latest research and advice from vets.

Sir Greg said: ‘This is good news. Any breaches of animal welfare rules by a slaughterhouse can result in a welfare enforcement notice, the suspending or revoking of a licence or even a criminal investigation. The problem in taking action in the past has always been lack of evidence. Now that obstacle is being addressed.”

“This announcement, although overdue, is most welcome.”