From Andrew Gwynne MP <[email protected]>
Subject Denton & Reddish Weekly Newsletter
Date June 11, 2021 3:28 PM
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** Dear Constituent,

Welcome to the latest edition of Denton and Reddish Weekly News. I hope that you've had a fantastic week and are looking forward to the weekend and the start of the Euros!
Covid-19 cases in Greater Manchester continue to rise, so it's more important than ever that we stay safe and responsible. Here is a reminder of the Government's road map out of lockdown, we should find out next week whether or not there will be any changes to the next provisional relaxation date of the 21st of June.
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** Gwynne writes to Chancellor and calls for proper NHS pay rise

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has written to the Chancellor urging him to give NHS workers a proper pay rise.

In the budget in March of this year, the Chancellor announced that the Government would give NHS workers a 1% pay rise. This figure was heavily criticised by health and union leaders, who pointed out that with expected inflation, the pay rise would actually result in a real terms pay cut to NHS salaries.

In the open letter, Gwynne writes that ‘a 1% pay rise is not only deeply offensive, but incredibly short-sighted’ and highlights UNISON research which shows that 91% of NHS workers surveyed agree that a pay rise would boost their morale.

The open letter also emphasises the shocking degree to which waiting times have increased, and the effect that the pandemic has had on the patient care backlog.

In Stockport alone, 51,000 people are waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment, and 13,777 are waiting for over a year.

Andrew Gwynne, speaking after sending the letter, said:

‘NHS workers have carried us through this pandemic, and it is incredibly disappointing that the Government are not thanking them properly with a decent pay rise.

The NHS has been underfunded and neglected by successive Conservative governments for far too long, and we need to start seeing money pumped into our health system.

A pay rise would not only boost morale and demonstrate this nation’s gratitude, but also help attract the new recruits urgently needed to relieve pressure on existing staff.

That’s why I’m urging the Chancellor to do the right thing and give our NHS heroes the pay rise they deserve.’

** Gwynne backs campaign calling for increased recovery funding for young people

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has backed a campaign calling on the Government to rethink its pandemic recovery measures for children and young people.

In two separate letters to the Prime Minister, coordinated by Fair Education Alliance and the National Children’s Bureau, and signed by over 240 leaders from across business, education and the charity sectors, campaigners have again urged the Government to invest in their stated intention of levelling up and show real ambition for the recovery for children and young people.

The letter and the campaign follow the recent resignation of the Government’s education recovery commissioner Sir Kevan Collins after ministers allocated just £1.4 billion in funding for the next phase of their catch up plan.

Sir Kevan Collins had called for around £15 billion to help pupils make up for lost learning during the pandemic. In his resignation letter, Sir Collins wrote that the government’s funding measures fell ‘far short of what is needed’.

The proposed £1.4 billion equates to around £50 per pupil, which pales in comparison to the £1,600 and £2,500 per pupil allocated by the United States and the Netherlands respectively.

Andrew Gwynne said:

This government loves to talk the talk about levelling up, but they have yet to show that they are serious about it. You simply cannot level up the country or ‘build back better’ without funding the futures of babies, children and young people.

I urge the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to rethink these funding proposals. The childhoods and futures of young people have been massively impacted by the pandemic, and repairing them cannot be done on the cheap.

I am therefore proud to be supporting the National Children’s Bureau and the various charities, organisations and business leaders who have called for a proper funding plan for our young people.

Read the full letter here. ([link removed])

** Regeneration must be at the heart of a Labour-led programme for Stockport - my article for the Stockport Express

A couple of weeks ago, it was confirmed that Labour would retain minority control of Stockport Council for at least another 12 months, after the Council voted against a Lib Dem bid to oust Labour.

This is great news for Stockport. A Labour-led Stockport Council has an exceptional record on regeneration and is building more affordable housing than at any other point this century.

I am proud of schemes such as the Viaduct Housing Partnership (combining Stockport Homes Group and Stockport Council) which focusses on building affordable housing alongside creating local jobs and fostering community relationships. This kind of community-centred approach is crucial if we want to make great-quality affordable housing available to everyone.

Another fantastic achievement occurred in 2019 when the Council partnered with the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and Homes England to launch the Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation. This Corporation is an innovative and totally unique project, which focusses on tackling housing need and regeneration in Stockport Town Centre West.

The Mayoral Development Corporation have produced an ambitious £1 billion programme and are in the process of delivering several projects which will transform the town centre, including the £120 million Transport Hub which will revolutionise transport connectivity in and out of Stockport town centre. This is all evidence of the tremendous work a Labour-led council can do if given the chance.

Over the next few years, it is vital that this regeneration spills out to some of the outlying Stockport districts. Reddish, for example, has incredible potential for transformation. It has beautiful open public spaces such as Reddish Vale, and we need to make sure that we continue to properly fund and protect these priceless green spaces.

There is tremendous talent in Reddish and with the right investment in transport we could really capitalise on the wealth of skills in the area. I’ve also made no secret of my desire for investment in some of Reddish’s neglected buildings, and Stockport Council have provided me with tremendous support in the various bids that I have made to the Government.

A Labour-led council is a council that takes action, and I’m beyond excited to see what we can continue to achieve over the next 12 months. If regeneration continues to sit at the heart of the work that the Council does, it will be a truly transformative legacy for the borough.

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Andrew in the constituency
🌳 Yesterday would have been the 100th birthday of the late Duke of Edinburgh, and it’s been a privilege to attend the planting of a memorial tree at All Saints Catholic College ([link removed]) in Dukinfield by two students who are participating in the DofE Award at the college.
There will be trees planted in each of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester, and this Dukinfield school will host Tameside’s. Sharman Birtles, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and Cllr Janet Cooper, Civic Mayor of Tameside, were also in attendance.

It’s always great to celebrate the achievement of our young people. The DofE Award is a brilliant scheme which makes a massive positive difference to those undertaking it. It’s a real legacy for Prince Philip’s memory. And a HUGE thank you to Brother UK ([link removed]) for sponsoring places for 100 young Tamesiders to participate in the scheme next year!

📝 This week, MPs were provided with an embargoed copy of the Boundary Commission for England’s proposed changes to the Parliamentary Constituencies for the next General Election. Due to a new rule meaning there can only be 5% variance from the average quota of electors per seat (around 73,000) this has resulted in major changes across the city region. Images of the proposed constituencies that would affect the current Denton and Reddish constituency are above.
These plans will now go out for extensive public consultation, and it may well be (as in the past) that the Commission accepts counter-proposals and objections, so these plans may change again before being the finalised version. Should they go through unaltered, I could only contest the new Denton and Hyde seat under Labour Party rules for selection after seat redistribution.

Until the next General Election - whenever it is - I remain the MP for Denton and Reddish, and I will continue to serve all the communities of Audenshaw, Denton, Dukinfield, Heaton Chapel, Heaton Norris and Reddish as best as I can.

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Andrew in Parliament
Parliament returned this week, and it was great to be back inside the chamber in-person to ask questions!
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📺 WATCH: At PMQs I asked Boris Johnson why his key advisors keep resigning. Not sure I got an answer.
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📺 WATCH: The Health Secretary has come to the Chamber to update MPs about the rise in the Delta variant. It’s positive that the vaccination programme is resulting in far fewer hospitalisations this time, but I ask about the impact of long Covid on those who contract this variant, and what further support the NHS can give to them.
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📺 WATCH: We are beginning a new Select Committee inquiry looking into the issue of violence against women and girls, and on the strategies of the Home Office and the Devolved institutions in tackling these crimes. I ask those leading on this in both London and Wales about their experiences.
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📺 WATCH: As Britain has the presidency of COP26, the UN climate change conference, I ask the President what action the UK is taking to convince big emitters like Australia, Russia and others to step up to their obligation. 🏭
Andrew in the media
📻 LISTEN ([link removed]) : Following national retail data showing a small business revival in Denton, Radio 4 came to town to get a flavour of what’s going on, speaking to Jack, Amy at Howard’s Neighbourhood Bar ([link removed]) and Yusuf at Istanbul Grill ([link removed]) .
Community Board

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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