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** Dear Constituent,
Welcome to Denton and Reddish weekly news.
I hope your week has been a good one. Last Saturday, like most of the nation, I was glued to the TV watching Emma Raducanu's thrilling US Open Victory. Emma became the first British woman to win the Open since 1968. A massive achievement both for her and for British tennis - I can't wait to see what she does next!
A reminder that this weekend Team Denton South ([link removed]) has organised a Big Walk fundraising challenge to help raise money for another defibrillator in Denton South. To find out more and register for the event click here ([link removed]) .
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish has backed Macmillan nurses ahead of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and thanked them for their invaluable support.
Macmillan’s Cancer Support held a parliamentary event last week, in which they met with Gwynne and other parliamentarians to discuss the need for urgent investment in cancer nursing across the UK.
Research ([link removed]) conducted by Macmillan found that 630,000 cancer patients in the UK are facing treatment delays or missing out on vital support because of a shortage of specialist nurses. It also found that those diagnosed with cancer in the past two years who lacked specialist support were much more likely to report serious mental health impacts related to their cancer diagnosis.
Macmillan is now calling for a cancer nurse fund of £124m in England to train an extra 3,371 specialist cancer nurses in England at the upcoming comprehensive spending review.
Gwynne, whose father is currently undergoing treatment, said:
“I have seen first-hand how incredible Macmillan Nurses are. Over the course of dad’s treatment, they have been invaluable and so supportive. I cannot thank Macmillan Nurses enough for the work that they do.
The report that Macmillan is shocking and deeply upsetting. The fact that over 20% of those suffering with cancer are doing so without specialist support is extremely concerning, and unless action is taken urgently, that gap will only widen.
I urge the Government to implement the recommendations in the report. Macmillan are amazing, but they need proper support to help more people suffering from this terrible illness. I will continue to do everything I can to raise this issue with Ministers and in parliament over the coming months”.
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning will take place on the 24th of September. To find out more information click here ([link removed]) .
** GWYNNEBLOG: Scrapping the Universal Credit Uplift would be a disaster for millions
On Wednesday, Labour forced an opposition day debate on the planned Government cut to the Universal Credit uplift of £20 per week. The debate was initially scheduled to take place last week and I had planned to speak. Sadly, I had a medical appointment in Manchester and then an event which was planned around it in the constituency on the rescheduled date.
I was paired with a Tory MP so that my lost vote was cancelled out. Unfortunately, despite some incredibly passionate contributions from MPs across the House, it looks like the Government is determined to press ahead with the cut.
I wanted, however, to share my thoughts on what I think would be a disastrous decision, and why the Universal Credit uplift has been such a lifeline for families. To read the full blog click here ([link removed]) .
** A Government of broken promies - my weekly article for the Tameside Reporter
Last Tuesday, I sat in Parliament and watched the Government break two manifesto commitments in quick succession. First, the Prime Minister announced that the Government would be increasing National Insurance by 1.25%, a decision that will hit workers and businesses hard in the aftermath of a tremendously difficult year. Next, I watched as the Secretary of State for the DWP announced the suspension of the Triple Lock in a huge blow to pensioners across the country who were promised that this would never happen.
Political promises matter. They matter not only because having clear political aims is incredibly important when governing, but also because they are a commitment to the people who voted for you that you mean what you say. I had the same argument over Brexit back when I was in the Shadow Cabinet. For me, it should never have been about reopening the argument. A democratic decision had been made and that was that, which is why I refused to vote for a second referendum. Each time a promise or a commitment isn’t kept, another chunk is taken out of the already disintegrating relationship between the public and politicians.
However, this Government seem unable to recognise that fact. It’s been just under two years since we first saw the Government latch on to the phrase ‘levelling up’ and promise to boost the UK’s most deprived areas. Then came the revelation that the levelling up fund disproportionately benefitted Tory-held areas, and this – coupled with the planned cut to Universal Credit and lack of catch-up funding for pupils impacted by the pandemic – has proven that levelling up was just a useful slogan rather than a detailed policy plan.
If I sound angry, it’s because I am. I pride myself on being a practical kind of politician. I’m more than happy to admit when I think I’ve got things wrong, and always willing to work with politicians from any party to get stuff done for the people I represent. I try and see both sides of an issue, and having worked in Government myself, know all too well how tough a job it is. Breaking promise after promise, however, is inexcusable and people in Tameside deserve better.
I’m also very worried. The long-term impact of the pandemic has yet to be truly felt, and we face challenging months and years ahead. We must deal with economic uncertainty, educational catch-up, the NHS backlog, the social care crisis, the housing crisis, child poverty and much more. In the face of this formidable list, good Government has never been more important.
We can rebuild better, stronger and fairer than before. To do so, however, promises must start being kept, and proper plans must start being made.
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Andrew in the Constituency
** Fundraising for Florence 🌸
I had such a lovely afternoon tea on Saturday introducing the Leader of Tameside Council Councillor Brenda Warrington ([link removed]) to Jenny Croce ([link removed]) and Fundraising for Florence ([link removed]) .
Florence is a beautiful Dukinfield girl with a rare degenerative condition called GM1. I’m doing a zipwire to help raise funds for Florence later this month.
If you are able to sponsor me, Massimino Malacrino ([link removed]) and the other brave (or foolish!) zipwirers you can do so here ([link removed]) . Every little helps!
** Charity horse racing for a great cause 🐎
A massive well done to Haughton Green resident Scott Greene ([link removed]) who ran a charity horse racing night at the Chapel House (Little Chap) on Saturday - all in aid of Save the Children UK ([link removed]) .
I had planned to be there all night but my Long Covid wiped me out. I dropped off a bottle of Commons wine for the raffle and had a chat before going home… Well done Scott and I hope you raised lots for a fantastic cause. 👏🏻
It was so nice to have the Carnival back on Sunday for the first time since 2019. There wasn’t a parade because of COVID but it was just nice to bring people together and have fun.
A massive thank you to Lucy Gibson of Gibsons Dance Academy ([link removed]) who has taken on the mantle of organising the event from Margaret and Andy Williams ([link removed]) after many years of them having the job.
My day started at Denton Park Social Club ([link removed]) to launch their Carnival bowling tournament 🏆 As the Club’s Honorary President, I was kindly presented with my own team shirt 👕 - thank you!
Then to the bandstand area where I was roped into performing the Time Warp from Rocky Horror Show (as a filler given the Buxton Billerettes had come down with Coronavirus)… the things an MP does (or this one anyway. 😂 ) Denton Brass ([link removed]) was playing and as both the Band’s and the Carnival Association’s Presidents I couldn’t let them down!
A good day. Lots of stalls, activities and fairground rides. I hope you enjoyed it too! 👏🏻 👏🏻
I then went over to Dunham Park Scout Camp where all sections of 4th Denton (St Anne's) Scouts ([link removed]) have been camping this weekend.
I’m proud to be Chair of this Scout Group Executive, and it was our AGM at the end of the camp (while the parents are a captive audience). I can’t thank the volunteer leaders enough for all they’ve done to keep this Group and our young people active through lockdown. They’re the best.
** Strictly Come Denton with Jacqui Smith 💃🏼 🕺
On Wednesday Denton heard tales from Parliament, the Cabinet, Strictly Come Dancing ([link removed]) and the For The Many podcast.
A massive thanks to former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith for coming to Denton and Reddish for my Labour Party fundraiser tonight. It’s was a great night with fab food, drink and lots of fun! And a good amount was raised for future local and General Election campaigns.
A big thanks also to Claire Reid ([link removed]) for organising, Jack Naylor ([link removed]) and George Newton ([link removed]) for sorting the auction and raffle, and the brilliant Howard’s Neighbourhood Bar
([link removed]) for hosting and feeding us.
Andrew in Parliament
** Gwynne backs bill to end the abuse of frontline staff
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is sponsoring a Bill to criminalise the abuse of frontline staff. The Private Member's Bill was introduced to Parliament on Wednesday by fellow Labour MP Olivia Blake, and will tackle the growing abuse being reported by frontline staff across the country.
Since the start of the pandemic, over half of customer-facing workers have experienced verbal or physical abuse while they do their job. 80% of employers have some form of front-facing aspect to their job roles.
Olivia's bill builds on on the 2018 ‘Protect the Protectors’ Act, which made they assault of an emergency worker a criminal offence. It is being supported by the Institute of Customer Service and various trade unions.
Speaking after sponsoring the proposed bill, Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’m really proud to be backing this Bill. Over the last year, frontline workers have carried us through this pandemic. The impact of our incredible shopworkers, transport staff and NHS front-facing teams is hard to overstate, and they deserve our respect and gratitude.
The verbal abuse of frontline workers must stopped. It is totally unacceptable, and we must take a firm stand against this kind of behaviour. No-one should face abuse or harassment at their place of work, and Olivia‘s bill will recognise that principle in law.
I hope that we see parliamentarians from both sides of the House backing this important piece of legislation. Together we can ensure that our front-facing workers are given the protection and support they deserve.”
Since the start of the pandemic, more than half of customer-facing workers have experienced verbal or physical abuse while they do their job. “
To find out more about the bill click here. ([link removed])
Andrew in the media
📺 WATCH: Thanks very much to Iain Dale and LBC for inviting me on to Cross Question on Tuesday. I only managed to join half way through the programme due to a vote in the House, but it was fantastic to discuss some of the day's pressing issues. Watch the full programme here ([link removed]) .
📰 READ: Thanks to the Tameside Reporter ([link removed]) for covering my sponsorship of Olivia Blake ([link removed]) MP’s Private Member's Bill to criminalise the abuse of frontline staff. From shopworkers through to transport and health workers, the message is clear: nobody should face abuse. 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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