From Andrew Gwynne MP <[email protected]>
Subject Denton & Reddish Weekly Newsletter
Date May 28, 2021 10:15 AM
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** Dear Constituent,

Welcome to the latest edition of Denton and Reddish Weekly News.

I hope that you've had a great week, and have enjoyed the return of indoor hospitality and leisure.
Here's a reminder of the roadmap out of lockdown. Let's make sure we stay safe and responsible to keep on track!
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** Gwynne backs motion to ban trophy hunting imports

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has this week backed a motion urging the Government to ensure that when it introduces its proposed ban on trophy imports it covers all species whose trophies are imported into Britain.

The Government has pledged to introduce a ban on trophy hunting imports, but concerns have been raised that the planned legislation doesn’t cover all species and will not be tough enough on those flouting the law.

Animals including zebras, reindeers and striped hyenas would all fall outside of the ‘sufficiently endangered’ category, and therefore fall outside of proposed legislation.

In a report published in 2019, the Guardian revealed that lion bones, leopard skulls and an ottoman chair’s elephant leather were among the 74 rare animal body parts legally brought into the UK in 2018.

The Early Day Motion, tabled by Sir David Amess and backed by explorer Ranulph Fiennes, seeks to put pressure on the Government to introduce legislation that bans the import of all species whose trophies are imported into Britain, and calls for ‘an effective enforcement regime with tough punitive measures for offenders.’

Andrew Gwynne said:

‘I’m proud to be supporting this motion. Trophy hunting is cruel and barbaric, and we need to ensure that those who seek to profit from the killings of these beautiful creatures face tough consequences.

The Government’s trophy hunting import ban has been a long time coming, and if the ban doesn’t cover all species including zebras and hyenas it will be totally unfit for purpose and shift the cruelty from one species to another.

We need to see robust legislation to ensure that these creatures are protected and send a message that Britain will not tolerate animal cruelty.’

Claire Bass, the director of Humane Society International recently said on the proposed legislation:

‘We are extremely concerned the Government appear to be rowing back on their commitment to bring in the ‘toughest trophy-hunting rules in the world’ and end the ‘morally indefensible’ practice of trophy hunting.

Adding a caveat to imply that if a trophy is not ‘threatening the conservation status of a species abroad’ it could still be imported, would create a giant loophole and mean the legislation would provide no meaningful improvement on the status quo.

If Defra pursues this line, we could effectively end up with UK Government-approved trophy-hunting. If the Government plan to just repackage the old system, we cannot support them, or celebrate any progress for wildlife protection. We urgently need clarification on this important point.’

** Gwynne says thank you ahead of Volunteers Week

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has joined local charities in thanking local volunteers for their hard work supporting people and communities across Denton and Reddish ahead of Volunteers Week 2021 (1 – 7 June).

Volunteers Week is now in it’s 37th year, and annually celebrates the dedication and work of millions of volunteers up and down the country.

Volunteers Week is taking place during the #MonthOfCommunity which runs throughout June and brings together organisations including Volunteers’ Week, The Big Lunch and Small Charity Week and culminates in Thank You Day on 4 July. The month aims to encourage everyone to think about and join in with the wide variety of positive activities and initiatives happening in local communities across the UK.

Andrew Gwynne said:

‘Over the last year, we have all witnessed the unbelievable work that volunteers have done both on a national level and in our local communities. I would like to take the time to thank all of those who have volunteered over the last twelve months, and those who usually volunteer but have been unable to due to the pandemic. I have seen how great local volunteering can be, and have thoroughly enjoyed volunteering as secretary of Friends of Tame Valley.

From volunteers helping us administer the COVID Vaccine to those who have distributed food parcels to families in need, volunteers have changed and saved lives.

I would encourage everyone across Audenshaw, Denton, Dukinfield, Reddish and the Heatons to take some time to thank Volunteers, and take part in Volunteers Week in any way they can’.

Sarah Vilbert, interim chief executive at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), which supports the coordination of Volunteers’ Week, said:

'Volunteers’ Week is about recognising all of those who have delivered vital work as volunteers over the past 12 months. We should acknowledge the huge number of first-time volunteers in communities around the country, and also say thank you to all those who usually volunteer but have not been able to because of the pandemic.

Volunteers are always working at the heart of every UK community. It is hard to overstate the incredible impact they have made during an incredibly challenging year.

The pandemic has highlighted how much we need each other as a society. Charities and volunteering enable us to put that need into action and remain at the heart of our communities through the best and worst times. As a result of the incredible impact that volunteers have had during the pandemic, and continue to have in the recovery efforts, more people than ever are aware of the immense contribution being made every single day by the amazing volunteers across the UK.

We must ensure this recognition continues. That is why, on this 37th annual Volunteers’ Week, it’s time to say: thank you volunteers!'

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** Gwynne supports #GoodForYou Scouts campaign

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has this week supported the #GoodForYou Scouts campaign to encourage more people to volunteer for their local Scout group.

Scouts was already shot of adult volunteers prior to the pandemic, with a waiting list of around 70,000 young people who wanted to join.

As a result, over the next six months Scouts will be running a series of locally-focused recruitment campaigns, encouraging volunteers to join. The campaign will focus on publicising the benefits of volunteering in the local community, and the benefits of empowering young people through Scout groups.

Scouts will also create jobs for 66 young adults through the Government’s Kick Start programme, who will work as development officers to support Scout groups to grow.

Gwynne is himself involved in the Scouts and is Chair of 4th Denton (St Anne’s) Scout Group Executive.

Andrew Gwynne said:

‘The Scouts are a fantastic organisation, and I am proud to play a part in the work that they do.

I would encourage anyone who can to volunteer for Scouts. Young people have been hit exceptionally hard by the pandemic, and Scouts brings enormous benefits and can improve mental health, build social relationship, and teach life skills.

For these reasons I am happy to be backing the #GoodForYou campaign.’

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Andrew in the constituency
Last weekend I paid a quick visit to Harrogate Road Allotments for their plant sale. They’re a great bunch of people, and the plant sale is an important fundraiser for them. They’ve plenty of summer bedding, vegetable plants and other gardening products. They’re from 10am to noon every Sunday, so come on down!

Congratulations to Yusuf and Michelle on the opening of Denton’s latest hospitality business - Log Bar Denton ([link removed]) . Thank you for inviting Councillor ([link removed]) Allison ([link removed]) Gwynne ([link removed]) and I, and what a great addition to Destination Denton. I wish you the best of luck for the future!
Andrew in Parliament
This week, I was selected in two ballots to ask questions in Parliament. Next week Parliament is in recess, but I look forward to returning on the 7th of June.
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📺 WATCH: We have a lamentable record in securing justice for the victims of rape in England and Wales, and it’s getting worse. With the Government’s “strategy” delayed again, I ask the Minister what success should look like.
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📺 WATCH: At Cabinet Office Questions I asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if the Government’s priorities were all wrong, with millions of £'s wasted on dodgy PPE and on a press room, but only a 1% pay rise for our NHS heroes.
Andrew in the media
📰 READ: In this week's Tameside Reporter I have written about the crisis in social care, how the pandemic has put extreme pressure on a system that was already crumbling, and how the Government needs to step up to sort it out once and for all.
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Local author Leanne Brown has started writing a fantastic series of books to promote, help and raise awareness for mental health in children. Leanne wants to bring these books to schools, parents and organisations to help promote mental health in children.

You can find out more, including how to buy the books, on her website. ([link removed])

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