Welcome to the latest edition of Denton and Reddish Weekly News. I hope you have had a great week and are looking forward to a sunny weekend as much as I am!
Remaining lockdown restrictions are due to be eased on Monday. Here are the restrictions as they stand until then. I would however, encourage everyone to continue to remain vigilant as restrictions ease, and if you are not exempt to continue to wear masks in enclosed public spaces in order to protect others.
Current Lockdown Restrictions ([link removed])
** Gwynne supports campaign for unpaid carers to be added to priority list for booster vaccinations
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is joining a number of colleagues in calling on the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid to recognise the role of unpaid carers and confirm they will be prioritised for booster vaccines this Autumn.
This spring, the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation recognised that unpaid carers should receive the vaccine as a priority, along with those working age adults with underlying health conditions. The decision was made to ensure that carers were able to continue providing vital unpaid care, and to prevent them from infecting those they care for.
However, the interim JCVI advice recently published makes no mention of unpaid carers, and no confirmation of their prioritisation for booster jabs in Autumn has been given. As a result, over 50 MPs have signed an open letter organised by Barbara Keeley (MP for Worsley and Eccles South) calling on the Government to issue urgent clarification.
The letter states that failure to prioritise unpaid carers would “risk giving the impression that the Government neither understands nor values the immense contribution” of unpaid carers. It calls for a “prompt response” and clarification from Sajid Javid.
Speaking after signing the letter, Andrew Gwynne said:
‘’Unpaid carers are incredible, and their vital role in the response to the pandemic has all too often been overlooked.
It’s so important that we receive confirmation from the Government that unpaid carers will be given priority for any potential booster jabs in August. This is to ensure that they can continue to provide vital unpaid care, and don’t infect those that they look after.
We can’t afford a delay on this, we need confirmation from the Health Secretary urgently.’’
To read the open letter in full click here ([link removed]) .
** Gwynne celebrates local representation at Tokyo Olympics and cheers on Paralympic and Olympic athletes
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is cheering on Paralympic and Olympic heroes in advance of Tokyo 2020.
Gwynne is also celebrating the news that local athlete Aimee Pratt has been selected by Team GB to represent the country in the 3000 metres steeplechase. Pratt, who is originally from Reddish, last year won the 3000 metres steeplechase at the British Athletics Championship and is one of the fastest in the world in the event.
This year’s Olympic games will start on Friday the 23rd of July, and the Paralympic games will follow on the 24th of August.
Pratt and other athletes have benefitted from significant funding both from the Government and the National Lottery. A recent study conducted by Sheffield Hallam University estimates that the industry around training Paralympic and Olympic athletes is worth over £25bn to the UK economy.
Andrew Gwynne said:
I’m so proud of what Aimee has achieved and wish her all the luck in the world ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games. It’s fantastic to have the local area and Manchester represented in such an iconic event. Over the last year Aimee has shown that she is a force to be reckoned with in the 3000m steeplechase, and I know we’re going to see some incredible things from her this summer.
It has been such a difficult 18 months, so even reaching the start line for athletes is a massive achievement.
So good luck to all the Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes heading to Tokyo! The whole country is behind you!
** Gwynne supports River Action UK campaign
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is backing a new UK-based campaigning group committed to addressing river pollution.
River Action is calling on the UK and Welsh Governments to double their respective regulatory agencies’ environmental protections budgets at the next Spending Review in order to tackle the crisis.
The campaign was founded and is chaired by Charles Watson, and is supported by an expert advisory board including George Monbiot, Feargal Sharkey, Lord Randall, Ruth Chambers (Green Alliance) and Amy Slack (Surfers Against Sewage).
Every single river in England is now polluted beyond legal limits, leaving England ranged worst in Europe for bathing water quality in 2020. 60% of freshwater species are also now in decline.
Despite these stark figures, Government funding for the Environment Agency has fallen by more than 70% in real terms over the past decade. River Action are calling on the UK and Welsh Governments to double environmental protection budgets for regulatory agencies in England and Wales, at an estimated cost of £60m annually. A public petition based on the campaign has been signed almost 40,000 times in its first two weeks.
Gwynne’s support for the campaign follows on from a recent scientific study in 2019 which showed that an area of the Tame Riverbed was identified as having the highest recorded level of plastic pollution in the world.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’m very pleased to be supporting this campaign. Our local environment is so precious and needs to be protected.
I have seen in my own constituency the effect that untreated wastewater released by water companies has on our rivers. The Government cannot continue to cut funding for the Environment Agency and expect the problem to solve itself. We need to see a massive increase in budgets and regulatory powers so that we can tackle this problem.
I would encourage everyone across Denton and Reddish to support this campaign. We cannot allow our rivers and species to continue to be destroyed.”
To add your name to the petition, click here ([link removed]) .
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Andrew in the constituency
THE STOCKPORT SHAPES ALLIANCE - KEEPING CHILDREN ACTIVE AND HEALTHY ⚽🏃♀️ 🏊
I had a brilliant afternoon today visiting All Saints Primary School, Heaton Norris ([link removed]) , to hear more about how the Stockport Shapes Alliance ([link removed]) - born out of the Schools Sports Partnership - are doing great work across Stockport to keep children active and healthy.
It’s great to hear that Government funding has been announced for another year so this fantastic initiative can continue.
A massive thank you to Jude and Dan from Shapes, and Nicky and Ruth at All Saints for their time this afternoon.
A fantastic evening at Denton Methodist Church - and a trip down memory lane! ✝️
Thank you to Denton Methodist Church for inviting me and Allison ([link removed]) to their “Open Air Service” last Sunday. It was lovely to join people from across the town in worship, song and prayer.
It was even nicer because one of my favourite teachers, Mrs Jackson, who taught me in Year 3 at Russell Scott Primary School ([link removed]) back in 1981 was there too. She’s 90 now, and is still as brilliant as I remember her 40 years earlier!
🏆CITIZENS’ AWARDS: Ava-Grace Bancroft and Stephen Power🏆
Last Saturday I was joined by Councillors George Newton ([link removed]) and Claire Reid ([link removed]) to present awards to Ava-Grace and her grandad Stephen. Ava-Grace is a very brave, selfless amazing little girl, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia about three years ago at the age of 6.
She has had some really difficult times and struggles with her health, but amazingly got to ring the bell in 2020 to signify the end of her chemotherapy, although she still has a long journey ahead to ring the bell to signify the ‘all clear’ from cancer.
Throughout her battle Ava-Grace has made it her goal to raise money with the help of her granddad in particular to give back to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital ([link removed]) Ward 84, who have helped and supported her through her difficult times.
She has set up a page (with her granddad) where people very kindly donate the most amazing prizes to help Ava-grace help as many children on Ward 84 to make it as pleasant as possible while they are there.
Ava-Grace also presented £200 to Cllr George Newton’s charity bike ride to Blackpool in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support ([link removed]) !
What an amazing family. A truly well deserved award to both Ava-Grace and Stephen. Well done!
Andrew in Parliament
📺 WATCH: We all want to see the relaxation of restrictions, but the Government’s decisions will lead to more incidences of #LongCovid. I ask what extra support they’re putting in place to help those developing Long Covid and to employers whose workforce might be affected. Not sure about the answer…
📺 WATCH: Labour has secured an Urgent Question asking the Government what action they're taking against perpetrators of racist online abuse. What members of the England football team have been through is atrocious. I welcome the Government's proposal to extend Football banning orders to racism online. We also need the social media platforms to step up too.
📺 WATCH: At the Home Affairs Select Committee we are looking at how the UK is dealing with the changing circumstances of COVID-19. I ask Elizabeth Hegarty from Heathrow about the impact of the virus on managing the UK border at the airport.
📺 WATCH: The Transport Secretary has announced important changes for international travel for those who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. I ask what he's doing to assist those who had the Indian-manufactured version of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine, which many European countries don't accept.
📺 WATCH: The proof of the levelling-up pudding is in the eating. I urge the Leader of the House to help push with Ministers my Restoring Your Railways bid for Denton and Reddish South stations, and my Levelling-up fund bid for Reddish.
Andrew in the media
** I'm so proud to support an England football team that inspires us on and off the pitch - my weekly article for the Tameside Reporter
In this week's Tameside Reporter I've written about how proud I am of what this England team has achieved both on and off the field. I also call on social media companies and politicians to do more to tackle the despicable racism members of the team have faced. Read the full article here ([link removed]) .
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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