This is outrageous!

October 24th, 2014

Britain has burned countless billions propping up the catastrophic EU project. Now Brussels is ruthlessly billing us for more – £1.7 billion more – to bail out the countries responsible for the Euro catastrophe, while France and Germany get a rebate of £801m and £614m.

I originally rebelled against the government in order to help in securing the first ever EU budget cut, it’s outrageous that they now want us to pay them even more.

We need as many volunteers as possible to help me with my campaign in Rochester and Strood, are you able to volunteer?

If not please consider chipping in £20 to help us in our fight against the EU.


Mark Reckless

RIP John Hardon 14/88

October 23rd, 2014

I just received news via Skype that John Hardon passed away at 6:15 am (London time). May he rest in peace. l guess we’ll all have a beer and a laugh with him on the other side!

We’ve lost a good friend, but as always, we must stay true! 14/88 Forever.

14/88 mate!

14/88 mate!

- BDL1983

Campaign Diary, 22nd October 2014

October 22nd, 2014
Jim Old (owner of Computer Cabs) meets Mark Reckless and UKIP leader Nigel Farage to discuss Medway minicab fiasco.

Jim Old (owner of Computer Cabs) meets Mark Reckless and UKIP leader Nigel Farage to discuss Medway minicab fiasco.

Rochester has been badly let down by both Labour and the Conservatives in local government. Under John Major and Tony Blair, Rochester was stripped of its historic city status, which dated back to 1211 under King John. The Conservatives have since pushed instead for Medway city status, but never delivered. So I was delighted to welcome UKIP leader Nigel Farage to town to back my campaign for city status to be restored to Rochester. We also dropped in to Computer Cabs at Rochester station to hear the concerns of local minicab drivers who are being let down by Medway Council.


My campaign to save the Hoo Peninsula from 5,000 new houses on a bird sanctuary continues to gather pace. I was joined in the village of Hoo St Werburgh over the weekend by some of UKIP’s rising stars who lent their support to the campaign and demonstrated UKIP’s commitment to local decision-making.

Mark Reckless is joined by some of UKIP's rising stars in Hoo, including Samah Naz (left) and Stroud PPC Caroline Stephens (front right).

Mark Reckless is joined by some of UKIP’s rising stars in Hoo, including Samah Naz (front left) and Stroud UKIP PPC Caroline Stephens (front right).

Mark Reckless with Dr Philip Barnes, Chief Executive of Medway Maritime Hospital

Mark Reckless with Dr Philip Barnes, Chief Executive of Medway Maritime Hospital

Over years speaking with doctors and nurses in the local NHS I’ve met countless professionals of immense goodwill and dedication. We all know however that serious issues still need to be overcome to prevent our health service failing people. These failures are always human tragedies and often shocking. The case this week of Rochester’s Luisa Guerra highlights what cannot be allowed to happen again. She died only in her thirties of cervical cancer despite gruelling chemotherapy after she was diagnosed too late, despite it is stated having visited her GP surgery 50 times. Her family have my deepest sympathies and I will not rest while Medway NHS services still stand in need of urgent improvement.

Defending the NHS locally involves being a strong voice for sustainable economics nationally. We need sound economic management in Westminster and Whitehall so that critical budgets such as the NHS are not made vulnerable in the future. This week’s figures on the deficit are truly alarming, despite Conservative claims that they have brought the situation under control. When we are still borrowing £100 billion a year, going deeper into debt all the time, that claim simply cannot be squared with the numbers. Of course, our daily borrowing would be lower if we exited the EU – as only UKIP proposes to do.

Speaking of which, I was interested to hear Ken Clarke say that Eurosceptic Tory MPs belonged in UKIP, not the Conservatives. He’s right, of course, and new additions to the growing UKIP team can be sure of a warm welcome if they come aboard. But it’s no small event when a Conservative of Clarke’s stature confirms what I, Douglas Carswell, and many others have said – that joining UKIP is now not only a necessary but also a very natural step.

UKIP is gathering support from former members of Labour and the Conservatives but also from the Liberal Democrats. I was very pleased to welcome Garry Harrison recently, formerly vice-chairman of the Liberal Democrats in Rochester and Strood.

UKIP’s website has been named as the most popular party website in the country and latest news is always going online at Our Facebook page has just passed 275,000 likes and is also a great way to keep up to date ( I’m putting campaign news from Rochester and Strood online through the day myself as well, on Twitter at @MarkReckless. There’s lots going on so feel free to drop by.


If you want to join my campaign, there are always ways to help out, whether you’re a seasoned campaign hand, or, like so many of the UKIP Rochester and Strood team, joining a political campaign for the first time. You can get involved by helping to get our leaflets through letterboxes, coming along on a door-to-door canvass, or lending a hand to the work of keeping the campaign busy and active. Every vote matters, and every effort counts. We need all hands on deck to get the UKIP message out for our big actions days this week on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

To find out more, just call by the UKIP campaign shop at 30 Rochester High Street from 10am and you’ll be most welcome indeed.

Odin’s Law – “Still Standing Strong” Compact Disc

October 22nd, 2014
Odin's Law - "Still Standing Strong" Compact Disc Heavy metal WP with superior production and sound quality: 01. ...Business Is Good 02. By The Hammer Of Thor 03. Victory Bound 04. Deceit 05. Stand Proud 06. Odin's Eye 07. Still Standing Strong 08. If They Had Eyes 09. The Day Freedom Dies 10. Stronger Than All 11. Plunder And Pillage 12. Hail The Gods

Kill Baby, Kill! – “Product Of Society” Compact Disc

October 22nd, 2014
Kill Baby, Kill! - "Product Of Society" Compact Disc 01. Product Of Society (3:44) 02. Crocodile Tears (3:44) 03. Charlie Came Knockin' (4:31) 04. Change Your Ways (3:13) 05. Fool's Paradise (3:28) 06. I'm Still Standing (4:49) 07. Skinhead Nightmare (4:28) 08. My Name Is Hate (3:47) 09. Punk's Not Red (3:04) 10. Here I Am (4:57) Download: Kill Baby, Kill! - "Product Of Society" Full Song Mp3 Download (5 mb)

Stormtroop 16 – “Braces Up Straight Laces Up” Compact Disc

October 22nd, 2014
Stormtroop 16 - "Braces Up Straight Laces Up" Compact Disc Stormtroop 16 have a raw R.A.C. style power-packed with punk rock and metal mixed in, resulting in an aggressive old-school skinhead sound. Stormtroop 16 - Braces Up Straight Laces Up was released by a German record label and the requirement of European-legal lyrics (a future version is already in the works containing the original lyrics) issued quite a challenge to the band. Despite working with a lawyer in Germany to ensure that all of the song's lyrics passed the ZOG test, the music retains all of the power and energy you'd expect from one of the movement's hardest working bands! The booklet includes all lyrics and band photos: Locked Away – War Machine – Spirit Of 88 – Mentally Deranged – Drug War – Across Oceans So Vast – Where's Your Pride? – Done My Time – Red Waves – Imprisoned – Angry Americans and Change Of Scenery. (Nordic Thunder) MP3 Download: Stormtroop 16 - Red Waves (3.8 mb) German information: Stormtroop 16 sind das Alter Ego von Slaghammer und nach deren Debütalbum kommt mit "Braces Up Straight Laces Up" der nächste Hammer aus den Staaten. Geboten wird eine harte, aggressive Mischung aus R.A.C. und Oi! mit Metaleinflüssen nach allen Regeln der alten Schule. Vor allem der brachiale Gesang unterstreicht die wütende Musik. Die Sache ist bestens produziert und die Aufmachung hochwertig und enthält Fotos und sämtliche Texte. Erschienen ist das Album bei Whitenoise Records und die Texte wurden für den europäischen Markt angepasst. Das tut der Musik allerdings keinen Abbruch. Jedoch ist eine Version mit den Originaltexten bereits in Arbeit.

Campaign Diary, 17th October 2014

October 17th, 2014

Twitterfb90d5fAs always, there’s nothing which quite gets one’s own mind moving so much like standing on a voter’s doorstep, ringing the bell, waiting to see who answers if it’s the first-time visiting the address, and then doing your best to give as detailed and as helpful as possible an answer to whatever the question might be. There’s plenty from the last couple of days of the campaign that I’d like to mention in this occasional account of it all which I’m keeping as I go. There’s rather a lot just from the last couple of days but rest assured – I won’t try to put down every last word of it. Thank the Conservative leadership in London for the extra one or two weeks this campaign will run for, testing a natural resource not known for its abundance, namely patience with politician’s words.

If you’re passing through this page for the details of the big get-together of first-time and seasoned UKIP campaigners alike, gathering for this Saturday’s action day throughout Rochester & Strood, everything you need to know to be there and help out can be found through the last of the entries in this campaign round-up.

WP_20141011_013When I have to choose between talking to a journalist in the office, or talking to a constituent on the doorstep or around the kitchen table, it’s a very easy decision to choose the latter. One of the refreshing changes you notice when you join UKIP from the Conservatives is that the UKIP HQ runs on a skeleton staff of hands-off supporters who let the candidate get on with things without endless interference. Nobody gives the impression of owning all the box sets of the West Wing, and if I might allow myself what would be a fairly considerable understatement, that was never the impression I had when the far from understaffed Conservative Central Headquarters was on manoeuvres or on my back. Anyone who had been hoping to throw their hat in the ring here for selection as candidate by the Rochester & Strood Conservative Association, only to learn from the papers before they ever had a chance to do so that a choice of just two hand-picked names had been imposed on the ‘open’ primary, might possibly now have some inkling of why I reached the decision I did.

Journalists ask questions to try to learn things, naturally. But you learn a few things by paying a bit of attention the other way – to the questions you’re asked yourself and the telltale signs that someone might not be quite as up-to-speed on the local issues as suggested.

For a lot of people, our constituency here in Rochester & Strood might as well simply be named Rochester, for all the love and care some neighbourhoods of Strood receive. I say that because, as is very obvious from the questions some journalists choose after five minutes in Rochester and a walk up the High Street from the train station to the campaign shop, the social reality of life away from postcard-perfect bookshops and a cathedral with a vey fine choir is all too easily overlooked. I don’t mean any great criticism of the press pack when I say this, and it’s always a pleasure to chat about our area’s heritage, but no constituency is necessarily spared hardship or difficulties just because it has loveable old-fashioned tea shops and a Norman castle. I’ll happily talk about King John as often as I have to, though – notwithstanding the excellent efforts of our local historical organisations – I sometimes wonder if we’re doing as much as we could to hand down our island story.

Or, for that matter, to talk about the lack of apprenticeships, the challenges facing young people starting out in the world of work, the victims of globalisation left behind by decisions made not just outside their own country but several hours flying time away, or those who have worked and paid taxes all their lives and yet who struggle with something perilously close to poverty in retirement, if not indeed the appalling, authentic real thing.

I was very glad indeed to introduce UKIP leader Nigel Farage to an area that hums with activity while reminding one that the constituency is no mere dormitory town connected to the City. He had a great time in Strood and stayed until he had done the whole tour of the market, which is no small task when so many people want to shake his hand these days wherever it is he appears. And I gather the queue in the corridors of Westminster to do exactly that was more than respectable in Monday. Mr Farage popped up in the Commons gallery to watch my friend of twenty years’ standing Douglas Carswell become our party’s first elected MP. This was Nigel and myself just two days previously in the market:


From the local market to the local bird sanctuary in Tuesday. Many of local opponents want to build 5,000 new homes over the environmentally critical local site of special scientific interest that forms a crucial part of the constituency’s environmental diversity. Anyone properly familiar with the issues knows that the Lodge Hill development here is bitterly opposed by local residents. I know this isn’t the sort of future I want for the Hoo Peninsula either. I’m not surprised that a handful of my political competitors have been caught trying to spin a speech I gave in Parliament as some sort of unequivocal endorsement of the project. My top concern when on my feet in the House of Commons that day was to make the case for local decisions being taken in local communities, aligned with the wishes of local people. Unfortunately, you couldn’t say that any of those are things that the Conservatives have delivered for the people – or the birds – of our constituency’s peninsula.

I made a point of promising a positive campaign on local issues when I set out to try to do this, so I’m doubly glad that the anger of local residents, focused on a single breathtakingly poorly planned development, was given very considerable exposure in TV on a day that did a lot to raise the profile of the peninsula and the constituency. We had three camera crews present. After that, it was next door for baked potato with cheese and baked beans in the Working Men’s club. The clip on the Channel 4 website about all this naturally doesn’t all go my way – in politics, as so many people pointed out long before me, you have to be both a realist and a idealist – but it gives you a sense of what Tuesday was all about, and indeed, the sheer size of our ad van in the area.

WP_20141011_083If you had a look the clip in the post above, you might have seen Councillor Chris Irvine doing a really good job of explaining why residents living locally here are so utterly opposed to this indefensible project. As Sarah Linney details for Kent News in the article at the end of the next link, Chris was one of three former members of the Conservative party who eventually had enough of the Conservative leadership found a welcoming perch aboard UKIP.

As of only very recently, for the first time really since Michael Howard, we’re starting to hear a lot from senior Conservatives about migration. For a very long time, that was far short of being a daily occurrence. Several key members collaborated with the Blairite dictates to suppress and silence all dissent from the policy of mass migration into Europe.

Some of the suggestions are even reasonably sensible on their own terms, or at least would be, if they didn’t all run up against the complete necessity of rescuing ourselves from European project first. How many senior Conservatives are truly prepared to campaign for British exit if David Cameron is on the other side, as he would be, come hell or high water?

WP_20141011_009Saturday’s campaign launch with Douglas Carswell and Nigel Farage is still very fresh in memory. All parties have at least a trace of tribal instinct, but as we stepped out of the campaign shop on the High Street, it felt a lot like a family day out as well.

I would love to see just as much goodwill and good-natured campaigning at this Saturday’s action day, no matter how negative any of my opponents chooses to go. The other parties may not be able to win the argument any more, but they’re still able to turn up the heat.

Whether it’s your first time on a political campaign or you’ve worn down plenty of shoe leather over the years, do come, be there, be part of it. I was not prepared to remain the MP for a party that betrayed my commitments and the trust of those who voted for me. Nor was I prepared to move without putting that decision before the people locally to make the final call. But we cannot let David Cameron’s Conservatives kill dead at Rochester the political change that could soon come to many places in the country. The UKIP message is the best of Britain and the future of Britain. Let’s take it to the doorsteps this Saturday.

Tory Stitch-Up On Lodge Hill

October 15th, 2014
TORY SHAME: The Tory councillors who green-lighted Lodge Hill demolition

TORY SHAME: The Tory councillors who green-lighted Lodge Hill demolition

Last month Medway Council approved plans for a new town of 5,000 houses in the middle of a bird sanctuary at Lodge Hill. Chattenden, Hoo, High Halstow and Cliffe Woods could, with this, become almost one conurbation. However, the decision still had to be approved by government.

Mark Reckless, the RSPB and many local residents petitioned the government to “call in” the decision and have it reconsidered by a planning inspector. This is justified because the country’s whole system for protecting the environment will be undermined if building is allowed in this Site of Special Scientific Interest that is home to the UK’s largest nightingale colony.

It appears however that Conservatives in government have secretly told Medway’s Conservative council that Lodge Hill already has the green light.

Strood Rural councillor Peter Rodberg is welcomed to UKIP by Nigel Farage

Strood Rural councillor Peter Rodberg is welcomed to UKIP by Nigel Farage

Strood Rural Councillor Peter Rodberg recalls that on Monday 29th September Alan Jarrett, Deputy Leader of Medway Council, informed a closed meeting of Conservative councillors that the government had agreed to support Lodge Hill and would not “call in” the planning permission. Councillor Rodberg said:

“To approve 5,000 houses at Lodge Hill and talk about shifting the nightingales to Essex is ridiculous. After they told us government and council had reached a secret deal, I recall that Peter Hicks, Deputy Chair of Planning and a Strood Rural Councillor, then said we should all keep this quiet until after the election. That was the last straw for me.”

Councillor Rodberg has now given up on the Conservatives and is joining UKIP to fight Lodge Hill. Peninsula Councillor Chris Irvine has also left the Conservatives to join UKIP stating that the Lodge Hill decision was a “death sentence for our communities”.

Medway Council has failed to agree a Local Plan and their Lodge Hill decision may be overturned by the courts. This means that other applications to develop our countryside are at greater risk of being approved. Landowners have submitted bids for where they would like to cash in by concreting over our green fields. The Conservatives on Medway Council had suppressed this information but UKIP has obtained a copy of the map.


UKIP has managed to get hold of the map which the Tories don’t want you to see. We have reproduced it above.

WP_20141014_015Following the unanimous decision made by Tory and Labour councillors on    Medway Council’s planning committee to allow bulldozers to move into Lodge Hill, huge swathes of the Hoo Peninsula (highlighted in red on the above map with Lodge Hill in green) are also  under increasing threat. Developers are eager to concrete over our green fields and protected sites with help from the local Conservatives.

This can’t go on!

Only Mark Reckless and UKIP are  standing up for residents on the Hoo Peninsula who have been ignored and who have suffered at the hands of the Tory elite, both locally and nationally, for far too long. It’s time for REAL change!

If you want to stop the Tories, if you want to protect the Hoo Peninsula, our communities and wildlife, if you want to make sure your voice is heard loud and clear all the way to Westminster, please give Mark Reckless your vote in the forthcoming by-election.


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October 15th, 2014
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October 14th, 2014

Video found here.

- BDL1983