Knight Meets Local Farmers

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has met with local farmers and National Farmers Union representatives in Driffield to discuss issues of concern.

The meeting, organised by the NFU, covered a wide range of issues from bird flu to Brexit.

Sir Greg thanked the NFU for organising the meeting and said the tone was ‘positive and constructive’. He agreed to take up a number of the issues raised by farmers with DEFRA minister George Eustice MP.

Sir Greg said, “It is vital that we have good farming policy not only because of the jobs that farming provides both here in East Yorkshire and across the country but for its crucial contribution Britain’s food and drink industry and for our food security”.

Pictured: Sir Greg with NFU representative Andrew Scott and local farmers.

MP Backs Farmers on Proposed Pig Feed Ban

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has pressed the Government to make the case in the EU against banning certain nutrients in piglet feed.

Sir Greg says: “Zinc Oxide is an important additive in piglet feed and it helps piglets thrive. However following pressure from the Governments of France and the Netherlands, bureaucrats in Europe now want to ban it.

Sir Greg has asked farming minister George Eustace to make the case in Europe against the ban. The Minister replied that following UK representations, plans for an EU wide ban are now being reconsidered.

Sir Greg said: “Zinc oxide has a vital role in piglet health and its continued use is vital to the industry. I am pleased that UK Ministers recognise this and I hope common sense will prevail”.

MP Calls on Bureaucrats to Abandon Plans for Health Cuts

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has called on the East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who are looking at removing some services from Bridlington and Driffield Hospitals, to abandon their plans in the face of massive public opposition.

The CCG is consulting on re-configuring some healthcare services in East Yorkshire which they claim is aimed at rationalising services, not cutting costs.

Sir Greg said: “I have not come across one person who is in favour of these cuts to services. They are, quite frankly, not desirable or wanted”.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Sir Greg criticised the lack of accountability the CCG has to the public and said the CCG seemed “hell-bent on these cuts despite overwhelming public opposition”. Replying, the Leader of the House of Commons, David Liddington MP said he would pass on Sir Greg’s concerns to the Health Secretary.

Sir Greg said: “The CCG should not ride roughshod over the views of the very people who are dependent on these health services and who pay for them through their taxes’.

A final decision on the matter is expected by the CCG next month.

MP Goes Back to School

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has visited Pocklington Junior School to speak about the work of an MP.

Sir Greg visited at the invitation of head teacher Mr Alex Reppold. He explained how laws are made at Westminster, gave an insight into the work of a Member of Parliament and answered questions about Britain’s democratic system.

Sir Greg said: “I was delighted to visit the school and explain the workings of Parliament. I believe that it is important that MPs visit schools and explain our system of government to pupils so that they learn about how are laws are made before they reach voting age.”

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

Knight Presents Local Apprenticeship Awards

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has presented the 2017 awards to outstanding young local apprentices at the Bridlington Spa complex.

The event was organised by Hudson Contracts Ltd and sponsored by local builders merchants B S West Building Supplies.

The event was attended by East Riding councillors, local businessmen and local apprentices with their families.

Sir Greg said: “Becoming an apprentice is good news for young people because new apprenticeships are usually the pathway to a good career.”

He added: “This Government plans to create 3 million new apprenticeships during the life of this parliament.

Sir Greg praised Hudson Contracts for investing in the training of young people.

Pictured at the event are local apprentices receiving their awards from East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight with David Jackson, founder of Hudson Contracts acting as MC.

Knight Welcomes New Funding for Bridlington

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has welcomed today’s announcement of the confirmation of £3.5 million in Government growth funding for the proposed Bridlington harbour and marina development.

The new money, which is part of a number of grants made to boost both jobs and growth across Yorkshire, was announced by the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, Andrew Percy MP, who visited Bridlington last year at Sir Greg’s invitation.

Sir Greg, the MP for Bridlington, has previously made representations for the town to get Government backing for its new Marina project.

Sir Greg said: “This money will create 250 jobs and help to build the new infrastructure which will boost local tourism. Greg adds: “It shows that the Government is clearly backing Bridlington”!

New Flood Protection Funding for Pocklington Announced

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has welcomed today’s announcement of £500,000 of new Government funding to protect the centre of Pocklington from flooding.

The new money, which is part of a number of grants made to boost jobs and encourage growth across Yorkshire, was announced by the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, Andrew Percy MP, who visited East Yorkshire last year at Sir Greg’s invitation.

Sir Greg has previously made representations for funding to be made available for Pocklington to improve the flood protection for the community and for local businesses.

Sir Greg said: “This money will help to protect the town from flooding in future and is most welcome. He adds: “This shows that the Government is indeed investing in the North”

East Yorkshire MP Urges Greater Support for Local Pubs

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is one of a number of MPs calling for changes in the law to help keep our pubs open.

Sir Greg, whose work championing pubs has been recognised by the British Pubs Confederation, has said changes are needed in planning law to stop pub chain owners closing pubs to make a bigger profit from using the land and building for something else.

Sir Greg said: “Pubs offer a valued meeting place, especially in rural areas, where they are often the heart of the local community”.

“Local people overwhelmingly back their pub but as things stand too often decisions by corporate owners are driven by the desire to make a bigger profit”.

Sir Greg added: “Every week in Britain more than twenty pubs close their doors for good. Many of these pubs are well run viable businesses. I believe we should give more support to pubs by requiring planning permission to be obtained before owners can change their use to something else”.

New Year Message from Greg

2016 was in many ways a year of the unexpected. Few had predicted that Britain would vote to leave the EU and that this would lead to us having a new Prime Minister.

As a result, 2017 will be the year we formally trigger the process to begin our EU departure. Whilst this event was unexpected, it will provide enormous opportunities for Britain to forge new trade deals around the world, to regain control of our borders and to invest some of the money that we have been sending to Brussels here at home.

Locally, events like the Tour de Yorkshire and Hull being the 2017 ‘City of Culture’ should mean that East Yorkshire receives a welcome boost to tourism, lifting the local economy and securing jobs and investment.

I believe that this New Year will be better than the last and I wish all of you a very happy and healthy 2017.

Greg drums up tribute to Murdered MP Jo Cox

East Yorkshire MP, Sir Greg Knight has teamed up with music stars and MPs to record a new version of the Rolling Stones hit ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ in support of the Jo Cox Foundation.

Sir Greg performs on the recording with the other members of MP4, the world’s only parliamentary rock group, made up of Labour’s Kevin Brennan MP on guitar and vocals, former Brigg and Goole Labour MP Ian Cawsey on bass guitar and vocals and SNP MP Pete Wishart on keyboards. Sir Greg plays drums and percussion on the track.

MP4 were joined by Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson, singer/songwriter David Gray, vocalist KT Tunstall, Cockney Rebel’s Steve Harley and 20 MPs from the Parliamentary Choir to record the single to honour the legacy and work of the late Batley and Spen MP who was brutally murdered earlier this year.

The song is on release now from Chrysalis Records and is available for immediate download from SPOTIFY and iTUNES.

Sir Greg, who has played the drums since he was at school, said: “Many people from across the political spectrum have given up their spare time for this project to support Jo’s legacy.”

Proceeds from the single will go towards the launch of a foundation established in Mrs Cox’s name following her death.