Graham has an excellent track record of leading successful campaigns with groups and individuals across the constituency. Below are Graham’s current campaigns and recent success stories. If you have a campaign you think Graham can help with or if you would like to help Graham with a campaign then please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org
English Votes for English Laws
We need English votes for English issues. Whether it is setting our taxes, funding our local government or deciding the future of our schools, NHS and welfare system, English voters expect issues which only affect English voters to be voted on solely by English MPs.
This is a fundamental issue of fairness for all the people of the United Kingdom. Just as the people of Scotland will have more power over their affairs, so it follows the people of England, Wales and Northern Ireland must have the opportunity to have a bigger say over theirs.
Our constitution has been unbalanced for too long, but as we prepare to give more power to the people of Scotland, including the right to set their own income tax, we need to find a fair and simple settlement for all parts of the United Kingdom. And that begins with English votes for English issues.
Graham saw that Ambulance Response times in Holderness were way below the national average so he met with the Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to demand improvements to the level of service.
Graham is working with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, The British Heart Foundation, Community First Responder Teams and Parish Councils to improve the availability of early emergency care in Holderness. This includes the provision of community defibrillation machines and training for residents to use the machines.
In October 2013 Graham presented the HEART Petition (calling for better emergency response times in Holderness), signed by over 700 residents, to the chief executive of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. As a result YAS has made adjustments to its working practices and now there are more ambulance teams stationed in Beverley and Holderness. In addition crews return to their stations after they have completed a call, instead of staying in Hull as previously happened. Graham continues to monitor the effectiveness of these improvements.
As part of his HEART Campaign, Graham wants to see Public Access Defibrillators in every community in Beverley and Holderness, with as many people as possible trained in how to use one and everybody knowing where they are. Graham cycled around Holderness, visiting rural villages to find out if they had their own defibrillator and where it was located.
Graham is now encouraging the parishes that don’t have a defibrillator to begin a project to get one installed. Graham has produced a basic ‘How To’ guide on getting a defibrillator for your village and the Community Heartbeat Trust have made a recommendation on the best type of defibrillator to get.
Defibrillator Locations in Beverley and Holderness that Graham knows about:
Aldbrough – Aldbrough School
Atwick – The Black Horse
Beverley – St Mary’s Church
Beverley – Leisure Centre
Beverley – Cherry Tree Centre
Bishop Burton – The Altisidora
Burton Pidsea – Black Bull
Coniston – Blacksmiths Arms
Easington – Community Centre
Fitling – Westfield Country Park
Garton Grimston Great Hatfield – Wrygarth Inn
Hedon – Town Hall
Hedon – Holderness Grange
Holmpton – old telephone box
Hornsea – Floral Hall
Hornsea – Golf Club
Hornsea – Town Hall
Hornsea – Ex Servicemen’s Club
Hornsea – Secondary School
Hornsea – Whiteheads Fish and Chip Shop (available when shop is open)
Paull – Village Hall
Preston – Community Hall
Roos – Primary School
Skirlaugh – Duke of York Pub
Walkington – 21 East End
Wawne – Village Hall
Withernsea – Withernsea High School (available when school is open)
Rural Fair Share Graham leads the national Rural Fair Share campaign to encourage the Government to address the ongoing disparity in funding between rural and urban areas. The campaign brings together over a hundred Members of Parliament from all parties, along with organisations, community groups, and individuals concerned about the welfare of rural communities. According to research by the Rural Services Network, rural residents earn less, on average, than those in cities, pay council tax which is £80 higher per head, and see urban areas receive government grants around forty five per cent higher per head than those in the countryside. This means people in the country earn less, pay higher council tax and then receive substantially less money for services, which are widely accepted as being more expensive to deliver in rural areas. The Rural Fair Share campaign’s petition totalled over 19,000 signatories from 119 constituencies. This fantastic response illustrates that people all across the country are united in demanding a fairer deal for our rural communities. Graham’s campaign has seen the Government introduce a dedicated Rural Services Delivery Grant to help meet the additional costs of delivering services in sparsely-populated rural areas. In 2016/17, this will be worth £80.5 million. Following pressure from the Rural Fair Share Campaign, the Government has also committed to a fundamental review of the needs assessment for local government finance.
Graham has campaigned hard to get funding to improve broadband in East Riding. In September 2012 Graham spoke at a debate in Parliament on broadband in East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. During the debate Graham highlighted the desperate need for broadband provision to support rural businesses. East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been awarded Funding from Broadband Delivery UK and the European Regional Development Fund to deliver a super fast broadband network across the county. This project will be delivered in phases. More information about where and when a better broadband service will be available can be found on the Broadband East Riding website http://broadband.eastriding.gov.uk/.
Graham is working with other MPs from across the Humber region to lobby Government for additional funding for the delivery of the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy. A copy of the strategy can be found here Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy.
Fairer Funding for Schools – Graham is campaigning for fairer funding for schools in the East Riding. In 2014 he helped to secure £1.8 million a year more for local schools, with effect from September 2015, which marked a milestone on the road to ensuring children in the East Riding are funded properly. Since the 2015 General Election Graham has chaired the f40 Group in Parliament, making the case for a new national funding formula that is based on need rather than outdated political priorities.
Humberside Must Go – Graham led a long running campaign to get rid of the name ‘Humberside’ from addressing information that is sold to businesses by Royal Mail. Graham’s constituents are from Yorkshire and don’t like to be addressed using the former county name of ‘North Humberside’.
Graham campaigned hard with Royal Mail to get the former county name removed from the Postcode Address File but Royal Mail weren’t for moving so Graham invited his constituents to join him in direct action, producing stickers for residents to use to return unwanted, wrongly addressed mail. In September 2014 the Royal Mail contacted Graham to say that the former county name had been removed from the Postcode Address File. As businesses update their databases the word ‘Humberside’ should begin to disappear from mail in Beverley and Holderness and beyond.
River Hull Advisory Board
Graham set up the River Hull Advisory Board, which developed a strategy for the management and maintenance of the River Hull. The board included representatives from The National Farmers Union, The Environment Agency, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Natural England, The Internal Drainage Boards, Yorkshire Water and the local community.
The £45 million River Hull Integrated Catchment Strategy was adopted in summer 2015. The adoption of the strategy was reported here.
Flood Insurance Petition – In March 2013 Graham launched a petition to urge the Government to negotiate with the Association of British Insurers to find a successor to the Statement of Principles to ensure that home flood insurance remains available and affordable.
Councillors Mike Bryan and John Dennis, alongside National Flood Forum Representative Ron Smith and local resident Les Diment handed the petition into No. 10 Downing Street at the end of March with over 600 signatures.
Since the petition, the Government has announced the introduction of FloodRe, which is a not-for-profit reinsurance scheme that provides affordable home insurance against flooding in very high risk properties. More information about the scheme can be found here. FloodRe
The Caravan Tax Campaign – In May 2012 Graham led constituents and other MPs from across the country to secure thousands of names from 64 constituencies on a petition against the introduction of VAT on the sale of static caravans. At the end of May the Government announced that they were to scrap their original proposal in favour of a 5% tax.
Humber Bridge Tolls – MPs from across East Yorkshire joined forces in a long running campaign to reduce the price of the Humber Bridge road toll which was the highest in the country and considered to be damaging to the economy. At the end of March 2012 the Chancellor announced that the toll was to be halved with the Transport Secretary visiting the bridge in April to launch the reduced tariff.
Beverley Southern Relief Road – At the end of 2011 Graham met with the Minister for Transport repeatedly to champion the development of the Beverley Southern Relief Road. Support for the project was announced in December 2011. The road is now open.
HOTI (Holderness Opposing the Incinerator) – Graham led a successful campaign against a proposal to build a waste incinerator at Saltend.