From Andrew Gwynne MP <[email protected]>
Subject Denton & Reddish Weekly Newsletter
Date August 20, 2021 4:44 PM
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** Dear Constituent,
Welcome to Denton and Reddish weekly news.

I've spent this week in London on a lovely "Staycation" with the family, and am really looking forward to getting back home and sampling some of the incredible local events happening this weekend across Denton and Reddish (have a look at the community board for more details!).

A reminder that next month I will be zipwiring across Penrhyn Quarry to help fundraise for Florence. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and would mean so much to Florence and her family. To donate, click here ([link removed]) or on the blue button above.
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** Parliament recall: Afghanistan Crisis

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, released a statement on Wednesday regarding the crisis in Afghanistan and the recall of Parliament to discuss the situation.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“I have watched the situation in Afghanistan unfold with horror and sadness. The fall of Kabul was as devastating as it was swift, and there are already incredibly concerning human rights reports emerging from the region.

On July the 8th, the Prime Minister stated that he could foresee “no military path to victory” for the Taliban. That statement now looks to be at best naïve, and at worst, wilfully misleading. The Taliban swept through Afghanistan with incredible speed, and the abrupt ceasing of military support in the region has left the Afghan people in an exceptionally perilous position.

The priority must now be for the Government to accelerate efforts to get UK nationals, support staff and Afghans who have served and worked alongside us out of the country. The lack of preparedness on the part of the UK Government for this eventuality is totally unacceptable, and the Government must move quickly to protect those brave individuals who stood by and worked with the UK military for so many years.

We also need to see an international response to assist the significant number of refugees who will seek safety outside of Afghanistan over the coming months and years. Britain must help lead that effort by committing to a British Afghanistan Resettlement Programme, a programme that must be both accessible and reflect the scale of the crisis. This year, harsh cuts to the aid budget by the Conservative Government have already seen the UK contribution to the Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan cut by 76%, and the crisis reserve fund cut from £500m to £30m. The abrupt withdrawal of UK aid assistance is not only a moral failure, but also represents a decline of the UK on the world stage and greatly reduces the ability of the UK to have its interests represented overseas.

The impact of the Taliban regaining control of Afghanistan is not only deeply concerning to the people of Afghanistan, but also here at home. The purpose of initial military intervention in Afghanistan was to tackle the increasing power of terrorist groups in the region, and to halt the growing rise of narcotics arriving to western shores from Afghanistan. The rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan threatens to undo that vital work.

As this crisis continues to unfold, and the Government scrambles to react to a situation which it should have prepared for, I would like to take a moment to thank all our military personnel who served in Afghanistan. Your actions have enabled many people in Afghanistan, particularly women and girls, to reclaim freedoms that had long been lost under Taliban rule, and you have consequently made us safer here at home. 457 UK service personnel have lost their lives over the last 20 years, and your bravery will never be forgotten.

The events over the last few weeks represent a political failure, and it now needs to be politicians who step up and take responsibility. We must not abandon the people of Afghanistan, nor should we pretend that the consequences of foreign policy failures such as these will not impact us here at home."

** Gwynne sends good luck message to Paralympic athletes ahead of Tokyo 2020

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is joining the National Lottery in wishing ‘Good Luck’ to Paralympic athletes ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Paralympic athletes are following on from a momentous Olympic Games, in which Team GB secured 65 medals overall in a barnstorming performance.

With Paralympic stars such as Jonnie Peacock and Jordanne Whiley vying for Gold medals this year, it promises to be a thrilling competition.

An estimated 4,350 athletes from 160 countries will take part in 539 events across 22 sports in 21 venues. The Games will start on the 24th of August and run through until Sunday 5th of September.

Ahead of the Paralympic Games, Andrew Gwynne said:

“I’d like to join the whole country in wishing the best of luck to Paralympic athletes in Tokyo next week. I have no doubt that Team GB are going to have a fantastic games, and that is all down to the tremendous hard work that you’ve put in.

The last year and a half has been tough, and it’s fantastic to see massive sporting events like the Paralympic games bringing us all together.

Come on Team GB!”

** Gwynne encourages those with old or unused phones to donate to good cause

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is today supporting a campaign asking for those with old or unused phones to donate them and make a difference to the life of a refugee.

The campaign is being organised by Street Treats ([link removed]) , a local charity based in Audenshaw that has done some exceptional work helping homeless people in and around Greater Manchester. The group also runs regular street kitchens, and delivers food parcels to individuals and families in need.

The group is now asking for those who have old or unused phones to get in touch. Refugees arriving in the North west often have no means to communicate with their family and to check that they are safe. A lack of a mobile phone also makes it harder for individuals to access online or mobile specific services.

Those looking to donate should contact [email protected].

Andrew Gwynne said:

"This is a wonderful initiative being organised by Street Treats. I was first made aware of it through Neil Smith (GMB North West political officer) and felt an immense sense of pride at how generous communities and individuals are right across Denton and Reddish.

Since its inception, Street Treats have done a huge amount of work helping homeless and hungry people across Manchester. They’ve organised food banks, delivered food parcels, and distributed sleeping bags to those that need them most. I’m so grateful for local groups like Street Treats who go out of their way to make a difference.

Over the last few weeks, we have seen such distressing scenes coming out of Afghanistan, and now more than ever we as a community need to do our best to help those who are fleeing death, torture and tyrannical regimes. This phone initiative is a very simple way of making a big difference. I would encourage anyone who has a spare phone lying about to get in touch with Street Treats, and even if you don’t have a phone to donate, to support their work in the future."
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** Protecting our fantastic outdoor spaces - my article for the Heatons Post 🏞️

📰READ:In this month's Heatons Post ([link removed]) I've written about the importance of our outdoor spaces and the incredible work being done by volunteers and local councillors across Reddish and the Heatons to protect them.

I'm really passionate about community action like this, and would encourage anyone who is interested to get involved. By joining forces with our friends and neighbours we can make a real positive change to our local area. Read the full article here ([link removed]) .

** Friends of the Tame Valley volunteering day 🌳

On Sunday the 22nd of August Friends of the Tame Valley ([link removed]) will be hosting their next volunteer day. Depending on conditions on the day, we'll be Balsam bashing, litter picking, riverbank tidying or doing some woodland management.

No experience is required, and full training will be given. Can you help? Meet us at 10.30am at St Anne’s Road entrance to the Tame Valley. (SatNav ref: M34 3DY)👇
Andrew in Parliament
Following the recall of Parliament on Wednesday to discuss the crisis in Afghanistan, Parliament is now back in recess and will return on the 6th of September 🗓️
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** MP Gwynne: 'The government should have prepared for situation in Afghanistan'

📰 READ: The Tameside Reporter have written about my comments regarding the situation in Afghanistan. The focus must now be on accelerating evacuations and protecting those brave individuals who worked with our armed forces over 20 years. To read the full piece click here ([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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