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.”

Greg To Take on Rogue Parking Companies

This year, East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is one of 20 MPs to be successful in the ballot to present a Private Members Bill to Parliament.

Sir Greg has tabled the Parking (Code of Practice) Bill for debate after discovering that the number of privately issued parking ‘tickets’ soared to 4.7 million last year – a rise of 28% in just one year.

Following the ban on wheel clamping in 2012, private parking providers are now issuing a ticket every seven seconds – many of them in dubious circumstances.

Some dodgy operators are engaging in practices including ‘ghost ticketing’, unclear and ambiguous signing and issuing tickets despite malfunctioning parking payment machines. Currently, there is no legally-binding, mandatory code of practice.

Sir Greg said: “Of course private landowners have rights, but when landowners invite people to park on their property the rules need to be fair to both parties.

“Time and again I hear horror stories from motorists, so this Bill will reform unfair parking practices. It will oblige anyone who wants to run a car park on private land to operate in a fair and reasonable way that respects the rights of all involved.”

Knight Calls for Action on Unlawful Traveller Camps

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is one of a number of MPs sponsoring a House of Commons Motion calling for coordinated action to tackle unauthorised Traveller encampments across Britain.

A situation frequently arises where some Traveller groups are evicted from public land, often a public park or recreation facility, only to return days or weeks later. Police are often having to deal with anti-social and illegal behaviour whilst local authorities are obliged to seek multiple eviction notices and local taxpayers bear the costs of clearing sites after the Traveller groups leave.

Sir Greg said: “We need an urgent review of existing legal powers to deal with unauthorised encampments. The situation as it stands is unacceptable because local residents, who pay for public amenities through their taxes, are all too often then temporarily prevented from using them as well as having to suffer unacceptable noise and nuisance”.

Knight Welcomes Beeford Waste Plant Defeat

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has welcomed as ‘the right decision’ the announcement that the applicant for a waste plant near the village of Beeford has decided to abandon the appeal against the refusal of planning permission by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for an anaerobic digester.

Sir Greg said today: “The proposal was far too big and was in the wrong place. I am therefore delighted that the misguided plans to lodge an appeal against refusal of planning permission have been dropped”.

Sir Greg added: “I hope this is now the end of the matter and that the applicant does not seek to submit a further application for a slightly modified proposal on the same site. The local community is united in their opposition to such plans.”

Knight Backs Yorkshire Food & Farming

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is supporting the National Farmers Union Pride & Provenance campaign which is seeking promote Yorkshire food across the UK.

The campaign, which will be launched at the Yorkshire Show later this month, highlights the fantastic quality of food and drink that comes from Yorkshire farming and its enormous contribution to the regional economy.  Sir Greg backed the campaign at a special Parliamentary reception this week, where it was revealed that if ‘Yorkshire food’ was one company it would be “the largest in the world”.

At the launch Sir Greg met with local East Yorkshire farmers and listened to concerns over food labelling and the threat of banning harmless pesticides  by the EU.

Sir Greg said, “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 multi-billion food and drink industry. There are many ways we can all help farming in Yorkshire be even more successful and this Pride & Provenance campaign is one of them”.

 

Pictured at the Westminster NFU event are Sir Greg Knight MP (left) and Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate

Knight Urges Action on Ivory Trade

Following revelations that dozens of African elephants are still being killed every day East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is backing an all-party Parliamentary motion calling for a total end to the ivory trade in the UK.

Under existing law only antique ivory is allowed to be bought and sold in Britain. However it has emerged that some unscrupulous dealers are falsely ‘antiquing’ ivory using artificial stains or ageing techniques. Because of this deception other nations are now introducing a total ban on ivory trade.

Sir Greg said: “Currently an average of one African elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory. This is an international disgrace. By far the best way to save the African elephant is to remove the confusion and introduce a total ban on ivory sales with immediate effect”.

“We should do everything possible to preserve these endangered creatures for the next generation because elephants should be appreciated in their natural habitat – not in the form of a coffee-table trinket or ornament”.

Parliamentary Cyber Attack

Following the recent cyber-attack, some access to UK Parliament email accounts has been temporarily suspended.

The systems and the security are now being reviewed by the Parliamentary authorities. However this is causing delays to email access and at this stage it is not known when Parliamentary electronic mail will return to normal.

If you have recently contacted Greg’s office using a parliamentary email address, please telephone Teresa on 020 7219 4077 or 01377 812123 or re-send your earlier email to teresa@gregknight.com

Knight Re-elected in East Yorkshire

Conservative candidate for East Yorkshire Sir Greg Knight has been re-elected by the people of East Yorkshire.

The final results saw Sir Greg receive 31,442 votes compared with his nearest rival from the Labour Party with 16,436 votes.

Sir Greg, who has been the MP for the area since 2001 said: “It is a great honour to be chosen again to represent the most beautiful area in the country”. He pledged to continue to campaign on issues important to local people.

In his speech following the announcement Sir Greg thanked the people of East Yorkshire and his local Conservative Party team.

Knight Calls for Better Broadband

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has had a meeting with Matt Hancock MP, the Minister of State for Digital and Culture at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, to discuss improving broadband access in East Yorkshire.

Sir Greg and the Minister discussed boosting broadband connection and speeds in East Yorkshire and what more could be done to improve digital access locally.

The Minister told Sir Greg that the Digital Economy Bill currently before Parliament will give 4,251 more households in East Yorkshire a legal right to access broadband by 2020 taking the rate of connection in the area up to 91%.

Sir Greg said: “The Digital Economy Bill is good news for people in rural areas and it has my full backing”.

“Although I welcome the work that is taking place in rolling out faster broadband, there is always more that can be done and I urged the Minister to keep this as his number one priority”.

Knight Welcomes ‘Litter-Lout’ Crackdown

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is welcoming Government plans to cut the £800m burden to the taxpayer of cleaning up mess from ‘litter-louts’.

Sir Greg says: “Litter is something that affects us all – spoiling our towns, blighting our countryside, harming our wildlife and polluting our seas. These new proposals include better distribution of public litter bins and will see irresponsible litterers hit with tough fines”.

Under the plans householders will be able to dispose of DIY waste at rubbish dumps free of charge, which should discourage fly-tippers and Highways England will tackle the worst litter hotspots across our road network.

Sir Greg adds: “East Yorkshire is one of the most beautiful parts of the country but for too long a small and selfish minority of visitors to our area have got away scot-free with littering. Soon they will be faced with a choice of cleaning up their act or coughing up for a fine”.

“I believe that this new litter strategy will be welcomed by the majority of residents who have pride in the area in which they live and want to see it looking its best”.