Press Releases 2021
Roger regularly issues press releases about current topics. We have included a selection of them here which we hope will be of interest to you.
November 14th 2021
We have once again fallen far short of the commitments needed to protect our planet, our environment and our habitats from the destruction of man made climate change. In so doing we have failed not only our children and our grandchildren but our endangered terrestrial and marine wildlife.
October 28th 2021
Kent's Heritage Coast
Kent`s Heritage Coast is listed at number four in the Lonely Planet “Best in Travel” collection of the Top Ten Places to Visit in 2022.
The Collection, which has been published for seventeen years, is regarded as one of the World`s leading travel guides and the Kent Heritage Coast is the only United Kingdom location included in this year`s lists.
October 27th 2021
Manston Airport – the draft “Assessors Report”
I regard the draft “Manston Airport Assessors Report” as deeply flawed. That is not surprising as it contains numerous errors and no original material but is instead based upon one-sided extracts drawn from the original Inspectors` report which itself was flawed. For example, the report`s authors (led by Arup) appear to have made no effort to make contact with locally elected representatives to seek their views and have
October 25th 2021
Southern Water Statement
I, like many of my constituents, am appalled to see the way in which Southern Water keep using our bathing waters as a dumping site. I have not been able to vote on the amendments or the Environment Bill itself as I chaired the Bill through the committee stages and as chair, I am obliged by parliamentary rule to take a neutral position in the voting lobby.
The Auditor’s report confirms that the Conservative Leader of TDC Ash Ashbee, was right, as soon as she discovered the nature of the failure of governance upon taking office, to seek the assistance of the Department for Local Government to provide assistance to rectify the identfied failings. Others should have acted before her.
July 7th 2021
The `when to take the brakes off?’ question is a tricky one: the “If not now then when?” argument is compelling .
I fear though that Mr. Johnson is once again going too far too fast and relying upon the common sense and responsibility of the public to set their own rules is a recipe for confusion.
I think there is a strong case for maintaining the use of masks, in confined spaces and most particularly on public transport , and a degree of social distancing – again particularly indoors – is also still warranted. Sajid Javid`s sanguine suggestion that infection could reach 100,000 per day in a fortnight`s time is truly alarming because at those levels the emergence of a new and vaccine resistant variant is more likely.
Nevertheless we do have to move forward, the economy – particularly in the hospitality, entertainment and aviation sectors - does have to be allowed to recover, young people do need to be able to be in and to stay in school , and “working from home” full-time cannot go on for ever any more can the furlough scheme.
Some of whatever we do will certainly have its critics and probably be wrong! What we can do, however, is continue to look after ourselves and those dear to us
May 17th 2021
Small Business owners in North Thanet urged to give evidence on trading with Europe to UK Trade and Business Commission
Sir Roger Gale is urging small business owners in North Thanet who have been impacted by the UK's new trading arrangements with the EU to provide evidence for the cross-party Trade and Business Commission and make their voices "heard loud and clear in Westminster."
May 16th 2021
A lot of good stuff in the Queen`s Speech on animal welfare and other matters so no point in trying to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
We will then have time to read the proposed Planning and other bills and then either try to amend or vote against them. Watch this space!
May 15th 2021
There is a false premise that by sacrificing high grade farmland to housing we shall somehow create low-cost homes for the young and re-build a crumbling “blue wall” of Tory-voting aspirant home owners for tomorrow.
May 2nd 2021
Vernon Hill - Demelza House Fundraiser
Vernon Hill (12) from the Medway Towns is this weekend completing his promised four round trips of the Viking trail to raise funds for the Demelza House children’s hospice. Matthew’s target was to raise enough to pay for one child for one night (£840) to “make memories and have fun for as long as possible”
April 21st 2021
Dog thefts further Kent Police response
Dog thefts in Kent have increased slightly since 2019 from 101 reports to 118 reports in 2020. As of about a week ago, there have been 28 reported thefts so far this year.
Kent Police works with partner agencies, charities, volunteers and, of course, our neighbouring police
April 16th 2021
My address in the House of Commons after the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
I believe that a fitting commemoration for His Royal Highness, would be to name the new royal yacht after him.
April 9th 2021
Very deeply saddened to learn of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh after a lifetime of dedicated and courageous service to our country and to Her Majesty the Queen. All of our thoughts and prayers must be with our Royal Family at this time.
March 19th 2021
The NHS in Kent and Medway is urging people aged 50 and over to book a Covid-19 vaccination while supplies are plentiful during the next week.
There are many appointments available until the end of March at large vaccination centres as well as at GP-led vaccination sites and pharmacies across the county.
Anyone who is aged 50 and over can now book their Covid-19 vaccine online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination, or by calling 119
March 18th 2021
Sir Roger Gale backs Goals to level up North Thanet
Sir Roger Gale is supporting a new set of ambitious goals aimed at improving people’s life chances and access to careers in his North Thanet constituency .
The ‘Levelling Up Goals’ are the practical response to the agenda to level-up Britain in the recovery from
March 15th 2021
STATEMENT: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
I have received a number of communications about the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill which is having its second reading in the House of Commons this week. Some of those communications have asked me to “vote against” or “block” the Bill..
February 25th 2021
This morning I was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 on the proposed 1% pay rise for NHS workers.
I believe that, NHS staff have faced exceptional circumstances and deserve exceptional recognition of that - notwithstanding the pressures on the budget from elsewhere. Let the pay review body do its job and then accept their recommendation.
February 25th 2021
Stonehill Park - An Apology
On 15th February I participated in a radio interview with BBC Radio Kent about the use of costs of Manston airport as a lorry park. In response to a question about the Government`s payment for these services I indicated that the owners of the airport were not receiving payment and that the monies paid were due to Stone Hill Park under the agreement of sale between SHP and the current owners, RiverOak Strategic
February 22nd 2021
Lockdown Exit Plan
The four tests which must be met before we can move through each step of the COVID-19 roadmap (see picture below).
Decisions at each step will be made on the latest data and we will be cautious so that we do not undo the progress we have achieved so far.
February 11th 2021
If you are 70 or over and haven’t had your COVID-19 vaccination please book now
NHS teams in Kent and Medway are working hard to offer the first crucial dose of the vaccine to everyone in the top priority groups by the middle of February.
February 10th 2021
At PMQs today I asked the Prime Minister that if he is the friend of the countryside will he announce an immediate moratorium on the use of all farm land for housing while the whole policy is reviewed?
It’s a great pity that the Prime Minister did not listen or answer my question.
February 3rd 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine update
Good contact with the vaccines Minister again this evening. We are getting there but if you or an elderly or vulnerable relative in North Thanet are in a priority group have not been offered a vaccination let me know by e-mail (https://members.parliament.uk/member/87/contact).
We will do our best to get it sorted.
We will need: A name, Address, A contact phone number.
January 22nd 2021
I have joined over 80 parliamentarians in calling for greater support for the aviation, travel and tourism industries following the recent closure of all travel corridors.
January 19th 2021
Covid Vaccine Supply
I am gravely concerned by the shortage of the supply of Covid 19 Vaccine to local Primary Care Networks in Kent.
It seems to me that to open large new centres that have to be supplied with vaccines and to promise to
January 16th 2021
I have already expressed to Treasury Ministers my view that given the original justification for the uplift – which was always intended to be temporary and has already been extended – it should be extended further to recognise the ongoing effects of the pandemic upon incomes.
January 11th 2021
Good news that Rapid (Electric) Taxi Charging points have been installed in Margate (Station and Market Square), Birchington (Albion Road) and Herne Bay (Beach Street). Now we need to take advantage of KCC`s Parish EV project run by Connected Kent and bid for the second wave of Parish chargers. None in the first wave, sadly.
January 5th 2021
New one-off grant to support retail, hospitality and leisure businesses forced to closed.
Retail, hospitality and leisure business premises forced to close can claim a one-off grant of up to £9,000. The one-off additional grant each business premises will receive depends on their rateable value:
January 3rd 2021
Notwithstanding the Prime Minister’s view, expressed on Television this morning, that “schools are safe” I hold to the opinion that in tier 4 areas of infection a further post-Christmas breathing space for evaluation is needed before primary schools in East Kent re-open.
The decision taken before the spread of the new strain of Coronavirus was premature and even at this late stage must be re-assessed. I entirely endorse the view expressed by Kent County Council in their letter to the Secretary of State.
January 2nd 2021
We need consistency in a schools re-opening policy that reflects the spread of the pandemic as it is now and not as it was before Christmas. What is right for London has to be right for East Kent. Delay the start of term and re-assess the needs of both the education and health services.
Teachers’ lives matter.