Since being elected, Greg has helped sort out thousands of issues for local people. He uses his training as a solicitor to successfully sort out people’s problems. He deals with hundreds of issues each and every month through his constituency postbag.
Some of Greg’s Local Achievements
• In 2020, he became a founding member of a new all-party parliamentary group, ExcludedUK, now re-named Gaps in Support Group, to help those who have been excluded from UK government Covid-19 support schemes. The group works to assist those, locally and nationally, who are entirely or partly excluded from the Government’s Covid-19 financial support measures, playing a crucial role in assisting on multiple levels, aiming to lobby for support, raise funds for legal challenges and help to enable the changes that are needed.
• Chaired a meeting of interested parties from across the region to examine and discuss how to locally minimise the risk of flooding.
• In 2020, successfully assisted in the Pocklington Arts Centre obtaining a grant of £130,000 from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund Grants programme.
• In 2020, successfully argued for a cut in VAT from 20% to 5% as a temporary measure to help local businesses, particularly restaurants, pubs, local guest houses and tourism generally in Driffield, Pocklington, Market Weighton, Bridlington and the wider East Riding.
• Greg was the first MP to raise in the House of Commons the need for more investment to prevent future flooding. Since 2016 he has chaired the River Hull Advisory Board which is working to improve flood prevention across the East Riding.
• As Chair of the River Hull Advisory Board Greg led successful efforts to remove thirteen sunken vessels from the River Hull to improve the flow of the river and reduce the risk of flooding.
• Obtained funding grants of £10,000 to help boost retail trade in Market Weighton and Bridlington.
• Together with 80 other politicians from across the political spectrum, he is campaigning for increased transport investment in Yorkshire and the North.
• Nominated for ‘MP of the month’ by road Safety Charity BRAKE for campaigning for improvements on A1079.
• Successfully lobbied for funding for the new A1079 Holme Road roundabout.
• Obtained flood defences for Stamford Bridge.
• Helped to obtain £1.2 million from the government for areas affected by coastal erosion in the East Riding.
• Obtained additional £8 million funding for dualling a section of the A1079 awarded in January 2015.
• Opened a newly refurbished operating theatre at Bridlington Hospital made possible with £500,000 additional investment.
• With other MPs, successfully secured a fairer school funding formula.
• With other MPs, successfully secured a Toll reduction on the Humber Bridge.
• Campaigned for the retention of services at Driffield and Bridlington hospitals against the plans of the local Clinical Commissioning Group.
• Successfully campaigned against the unwanted and unpopular Thornholme Fields wind farm application and secured a change in Conservative Party policy to remove the on-shore windfarm subsidy.
• Obtained ‘Access for All’ funding to improve disabled access at Bridlington Railway Station in 2019.
Some of Greg’s National Achievements
• In 2020 he became one of the Parliamentary sponsors of proposals to crack down on those who abuse animals, by backing plans to introduce tougher prison sentences for animal cruelty.
• Was one of a small number of MPs who in 2020 successfully argued that VAT should be cut from 20% to 5% across the UK to support the hospitality sector, boost tourism and help struggling seaside towns.
• In 2020, he became a founding member of a new all-party parliamentary group, ExcludedUK, now re-named Gaps in Support Group, to help those who have been excluded from UK government Covid-19 support schemes. The group works to assist those who are entirely or partly excluded from the Government’s Covid-19 financial support measures.
• In 2019 he received a special award, in recognition of his support for the ‘Long Live the Local’ campaign. The award recognises the role that Sir Greg has played in supporting British pubs over the past two years and especially his support for successive freezes in beer duty which has secured thousands of jobs and millions of pounds worth of investment in the brewing and pub sector. He was presented with a unique tap handled trophy created for the occasion by the British Beer and Pub Association in London.
• Campaigned for new legislation to ban wheel clamping.
• Successfully lobbied Government to introduce new ‘consumer friendly’ credit card regulations.
• With three other politicians, in 2014 he was presented with an award for helping to raise £1 million for charity since 2004.
• Successfully proposed an amendment to the Licensing Act so that all pubs were given a ‘Drinking Up Time’ of 20 minutes in place of just 10 minutes (this has since been further amended).
• Campaigned for the introduction of a Foreign Lorry user charge to make foreign hauliers contribute towards the upkeep of our roads.
• Helped force the Payments Council to reverse its decision on abolishing cheques.
• Campaigned successfully for cuts to fuel duty and beer duty. Greg has been thanked by the British Beer and Pub Association for the part he played in securing beer duty reductions in two Budgets.
• Successfully fought for a cut in Bingo Duty.
• Successfully campaigned against excessive hospital car parking charges
• Successfully lobbied the government for increased road investment and improved flood defences.
• Has campaigned successfully for a commitment from Government to install CCTV cameras in slaughterhouses across the UK.
• Led calls in Parliament for an end to Japanese whale and dolphin slaughter.
• He has twice joined the elite 1% of MPs who have changed the law by the Private Members Bill procedure. In July 2011 he successfully introduced his first Private Member’s Bill, the Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Act. This amends the law of succession where a person disclaims an inheritance or is disqualified from receiving an inheritance by reason of the forfeiture rule and makes our law of succession fairer.
His second Private members Bill, the Parking (Code of Practice) Act, makes parking on private property fairer for motorists and introduces a statutory code of conduct for private car park operators. It became law in March 2019 and is due to be implemented soon.