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** Gwynne pushing for free government export support for local firms
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is leading a drive to bring free government support to more local firms in Denton and Reddish to help them take advantage of export opportunities and to tap into demand for British products from overseas.
By organising a series of events through 2021, Gwynne is helping businesses in his constituency to find out how they can start or grow international sales and get free government support to do it.
Gwynne is working with the Department for International Trade (DIT), as part of the Parliamentary Export Programme, to help local businesses access the support they need to boost their exporting potential.
Gwynne will be hosting the first event for businesses in the Denton and Reddish constituency on Friday 26 February at 10am.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Businesses have faced unprecedented challenges over the last year and I’m committed to doing what I can to ensure that our local businesses make it through the pandemic and are able to bounce back stronger.
“This is why I’m delighted to be hosting these events to give businesses across the Denton and Reddish constituency access to information, advice and finance to sell internationally.
“These events are free and will feature experts and experienced exporters who can give free advice that will help whether a business is new to exporting, has exported in the past or is a current exporter.”
Gwynne is a is a founding member of the Parliamentary Export Programme where selected cross-party MPs organise and chair virtual meetings with experts from business and government.
Businesses in the Denton and Reddish constituency can register to attend the first event here. ([link removed])
** Gwynne supports free internet campaign for home learning pupils
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is supporting the Manchester Evening News’s Cash For Connectivity campaign which aims to provide internet access to disadvantaged households to help pupils learn from home.
The campaign aims to raise £1.2million to purchase internet-enabled dongles for the households in the North of England who need to get online.
The Manchester Evening News has joined forces with other newspapers from across the North for this appeal, which is part of the Laptops for Kids campaign, launched by technology entrepreneur David Richards and supported by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership and a growing number of newspapers, websites, businesses and local authorities.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Far too many children are missing out on vital learning because they don’t have access to the right equipment or internet services.
“This is disproportionately affecting children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds, causing existing equalities to deepen even further.
“Ideally, we wouldn’t need charity appeals to allow children to access their fundamental right to a good education, but unfortunately the Government has been far too slow to act on this.
“Cash For Connectivity is a fantastic campaign, which will help children right across the North, and I’d encourage constituents to donate if they can.”
You can donate to the campaign here: [link removed]
** The future of health and care
Back in 2018, the Department of Health was renamed as the Department of Health and Social Care. Like many people, I hoped that this was a sign of three things. Firstly, that the Government was finally going to treat social care – which has been in crisis for some years now – with the same importance as health, secondly that there would be more coordination between the health and social care systems, and thirdly that this meant that they had a plan for how to fix the crisis in social care.
I was disappointed therefore when no plan materialised under Theresa May. Boris Johnson then promised when he entered Downing Street “that we will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared”. Sounds great, but still no plan came. The Tories then promised a plan again in their successful 2019 General Election manifesto. It probably won’t surprise you at all to know that there is still no plan.
Instead, they are floating new reforms to the NHS to undo the last set of reforms that they themselves made. It is welcome that they now admit that these reforms, carried out by Andrew Lansley when he was Health Secretary, aren’t working. However, it is also frustrating that they ignored the warnings from the Labour Party and others about the potential consequences when they were first raised about a decade ago.
It is important though, that some of the very positive work that has been done in recent years aren’t undone in this next set of reforms. In Tameside, we’ve seen a growth in integrated working that has delivered some fantastic results – this is something that we need to keep going forward.
But then we come back again to social care. The Government still has no plan. To me, it seems pointless and counter-productive to push ahead with a plan for the NHS when social care still isn’t sorted. If we are going to have integration between the two systems (which is vital) then any grand plan that the Government has will have to cover both. To reform one without the other has the potential to store up huge problems for the future – and unfortunately it will be ordinary people who pay the price.
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Andrew in the constituency
📺 WATCH: Incidents of racist graffiti are continuing across Denton. It’s the same individual. If you have any information please contact the Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Andrew in Parliament
Here are videos of some of my contributions in the House of Commons this week:
📺 WATCH: Yemen is the world’s gravest humanitarian situation. President Biden has rightly stopped the US selling arms to Saudi Arabia whilst it uses them to kill innocent civilians. I asked the Minister why the UK isn’t doing the same.
📺 WATCH: At Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions, I raised the scandal of ‘fire and rehire’. Too many big companies are now using this shocking tactic. Yes I’m angry. Government inaction is appalling!
📺 WATCH: Child poverty is a stain on our nation. Before the pandemic, projections showed it increasing to a shocking 5.2m children. I have asked the Minister what the Government plans to do to stop that prediction coming true.
Andrew in the media
📰 READ: It’s lovely to see the Tameside Reporter pick up on my Local Business Award to Audenshaw winners Children 4 Most at Squirrel’s Wood. Well done to them and all the other winners and nominees!
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