From Andrew Gwynne MP <[email protected]>
Subject Denton & Reddish Weekly Newsletter
Date September 3, 2021 3:44 PM
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** Dear Constituent,
A very warm welcome to Denton and Reddish weekly news.

I hope that you had a lovely and restful bank holiday weekend! I had a great time getting out and about at events across the constituency.

There are some more incredible local events taking place over the next few weeks so have a look at the community board for more information.
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** Gwynne backs campaign to make it easier for renters to own pets


Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has signed a cross-party letter urging the Government to amend legislation to enable more tenants to live with pets.

The letter follows the implementation of the 2019 Tenant Fees Act, which was introduced to prevent landlords from imposing unnecessary deposits and fees. As part of the act, landlords are prohibited from requesting pet insurance from renters with pets, and from charging separate pet deposits. This aspect of the legislation has left many landlords either imposing a blanket ban on animals or increasing rent for pet owners.

Cross-party MPs are now calling on the Government to change the law so that landlords are able to request insurance and charge pet deposits. It is hoped that by doing so, landlords will be less likely to implement blanket bans.

The letter, which was orchestrated by Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell and supported by the charity AdvoCATS ([link removed]) , has been signed by MP’s from across the political spectrum, including Green MP Caroline Lucas and Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey.

Only 7% of landlords currently advertise their properties as pet friendly. However, demand for animal friendly rentals has increased by 120% since summer last year.

Gwynne, who is co-chair of the All-party parliamentary group on Cats, said:

“As a proud pet parent, I’m really pleased to be backing this cross-party campaign. I know first-hand just how much joy pets bring, and the fantastic effect they have have on your mental and physical wellbeing. It doesn’t make any sense to exclude renters from these benefits.

By making this small change to the Tenant Fees Act – a change that is supported by tenants and landlords alike – we can make a real difference to renters across the country who are desperate to bring a beloved pet into their home”.

The Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell added:

“Good governments recognise and rectify errors no matter who made them. In the case of the Tenant Fees Act a good piece of legislation erred in its neglect of tenants who own pets, placing unnecessary obstacles in their way.

The question I ask the Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick, is simple: why wait any longer?”

** Gwynne calls on Government to ban fur sales and imports

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has joined over 100 cross-party MPs and Peers who have written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice calling on the Government to cut ties with the fur industry.

The letter was co-ordinated by Humane Society International/UK ([link removed]) , which leads the #FurFreeBritain campaign. Fur Farming has been banned for over 15 years in Britain, but It continues to import over £800 million worth of fur from countries such as Finland, China, France and Poland. Over 100 million animals are killed for their fur every year worldwide.

Animals such as foxes and mink are kept in tiny battery cages, and face extreme cruelty in the pursuit of fur. Over one million petition signatures have been gathered in support of #FurFreeBritain, and public opinion polls consistently show that a UK fur sales ban would also enjoy widespread public backing.

Speaking after backing the campaign, Andrew Gwynne said:

“The global fur trade is incredibly cruel, and Britain should not be supporting an industry that subjects animals to such abhorrent treatment. In 2000, we rightly decided that Britain should stop producing fur, because we recognised that the practise was deeply unethical. For that decision to carry any weight, however, we must take a stand against fur trade globally and become a global leader in animal welfare.

Exploiting wild species in this way is not only wrong but poses dangerous public health risks. Recently, over 60 vets and virologists encouraged the government to end fur farming to prevent further disease outbreaks. Additionally, fur has a significant effect on Co2 emissions compared to other textile production.

It speaks to the strength of feeling across parliament, and the whole country, that over 100 cross-party parliamentarians have backed this campaign. There really is no excuse for the Government to avoid acting on this, and I hope that DEFRA will move swiftly to implement the ban.”

Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International/UK, said:

“Furs from around two million tormented animals are imported into the UK each year and there is huge public and political support for Britain to stop this trade in cruelty. This letter shows clear cross-party political appetite for the Government to bring forward legislation to ban fur imports and sales.

We are also urging the Government to publish its analysis of the 30,000 responses received from members of the public and industry to its recent Call for Evidence. If opinion polls are anything to go by, we believe that the vast majority of those responses will be supportive of a ban and will want to see Britain show global leadership towards an end to this cruel, outmoded and unnecessary industry.

For as long as fur is traded in Britain, we remain shamefully complicit in the suffering and death of millions of fur bearing animals for frivolous fashion.”

To sign the petition calling for a #FurFreeBritain click here ([link removed]) .

** Gwynne asks local nuclear test veterans to share their stories


Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is urging local veterans or descendants of the UK’s nuclear tests to get in touch and share their stories.

Over 20,000 UK forces personnel took part in Nuclear Testing in Australia and the South Pacific from the 1950s onwards. They maintained the sites, took samples, disposed of radioactive materials and ran laboratories. Many did so without any protective equipment, and the long-term impact of radiation for the veterans and their families has been devastating.

From the 1980s onwards, veterans began to report rare cancers, sterility, birth defects in their children and a variety of other serious medical conditions. Earlier this year ([link removed]) , Gwynne backed the #LookMeInTheEye campaign which calls on the Prime Minister to meet with veterans of the Nuclear Veteran Community and discuss recognition and compensation.

The UK remains the only nuclear power that refuses nuclear veterans the recognition and compensation they deserve. In July of this year, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer met with nuclear veterans charities, and Labour is calling on the Government to finally step up and address this ongoing injustice.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“For too long, veterans and their families have been left to suffer the consequences of nuclear testing without any support or recognition. For the UK to be the only nuclear power to refuse to recognise these individuals is shameful, and it’s time that the Prime Minister met with these heroes and their families.

I would like to get a better understanding of how people in my own constituency have been affected by the long-term effects of nuclear testing. If anyone across Denton and Reddish feels they have been affected either directly or indirectly by these tests, I urge you to get in touch.

I want to hear your stories and put pressure on the Government to do the right thing”.

Those affected by Nuclear Testing can contact Gwynne via email at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) or by calling 020 7219 4708.
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Andrew in the Constituency

** A buzzing success 🐝

On Saturday I went over to Broadstone Mill in Reddish for the latest of the monthly Worker Bee Markets ([link removed]) . It was a fantastic event, and the weather was great for it. I love these markets, Claire puts in so much effort to bring a variety of stalls together. Here’s to the next one on 25th September! 👏🏻


** Celebrating a community hero 💫

On Saturday I also went over to Haughton Green where my brilliant friend Margaret Downs has been made Honorary President of the Haughton Green Community Forum which she helped to establish many moons ago, and recently served as Chair.

Margaret has helped people for over 30 years, and so deserves this recognition. Well done Margaret, and thank you for everything you have done and continue to do. ❤️ 👏🏻



** It's just a jump to the left...💘

Denton - The home of happiness.

On Friday, Allison ([link removed]) , Claire Reid ([link removed]) , Oliver Ryan ([link removed]) and I went off to Manchester Opera House
([link removed]) to watch our all-time favourite: Rocky Horror Show ([link removed]) 👄 It was a fantastic evening and thanks to the brilliant Print Shop Manchester ([link removed]) for the quick turnaround of the tee shirts 👕


** Catching up with Jenny and Florence 🌸

🌸 On Sunday, I crept over the border to catch up with Jenny Croce and her amazing daughter Florence at the inaugural Hyde Park Mela event.

Florence is a Dukinfield girl that has a rare life-limiting genetic condition called GM1. I’m doing a zip-wire on 26 September to help raise funds for Fundraising for Florence ([link removed]) .
You can sponsor me here ([link removed]) .

Andrew in Parliament
Parliament is currently in recess but will return on Monday. Ahead of its return, we've had a quick look back at an unprecedented, busy and challenging year.

I'm really proud of what my team and I have achieved over the last year locally and in Westminster. Here's to another year of fighting the good fight! 🗣️

Andrew in the media

** Tameside Reporter - Community comes together to fundraise for Florence


📰 READ: The Tameside Reporter have done a fantastic story covering the community effort to fundraise to Florence, and the incredible generosity of local people. You can read the full story here ([link removed]) .

To donate to fundraise for Florence click here ([link removed]) .

** Manchester Evening News - Bredbury Park Expansion

📰 READ: A big thank you to Manchester Evening news for covering my statement about the ongoing fight against the Bredbury Park Industrial State Expansion. Read the full story here ([link removed]) .

** PoliticsHome - MPs campaign to make it easier for renters to own pets

📰 READ: PoliticsHome ran a detailed story about our campaign to make it easier for renters to own pets. Read the full article 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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