From Andrew Gwynne MP <[email protected]>
Subject Denton & Reddish Weekly Newsletter
Date September 24, 2021 4:28 PM
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** Dear Constituent,
Welcome to Denton and Reddish weekly news.

This Sunday I will be zipwiring across Penrhyn Quarry in aid of Florence. Florence is a wonderful 7-year-old girl from Dukinfield who has a rare degenerative condition called GM1. Together with another 15 brave (or foolish) friends, I'll be taking on the world's fastest zipwire to try and raise some money for Florence and her family.

If you are able to, it would mean the world if you could spare a few pennies. To donate, either click here ([link removed]) or on the blue button above.
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** Gwynne shares his love for local high streets in Historic England campaign


Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is asking residents to tell Historic England ([link removed]) what they love about their local high street.

From Monday 20 – Sunday 26 September, the public body is asking people ‘What do you love about your local high street?’. Whether it’s the memory of the place you bought your first ever album, a shop that’s become part of your weekend routine, or a place you go to meet friends and family, Historic England wants to hear about it. Those stories will come together to build a national picture of what makes high streets so special and to learn what matters most when it comes to their future.

Recently, Historic England commissioned YouGov to find out how people are feeling about their local high street. 73% of people said their local high street is important to them, 54% of people feel pessimistic about their local high street’s future and 40% feel motivated to take action to help their high street’s future.

New research for Historic England shows that 92% of people care what their high street looks like and 90% agree that it’s worth trying to save historic features when trying to improve local places.

Later in the conversation with the nation about the future of high streets, Historic England will be seeking to find out what people value about their high street and their hopes for its future. Having crowd sourced this information, a programme of discussions and commissions will be created to further explore what high streets could be and look like in the future, all with the aim of empowering people to take action for their local high street.

Commenting on his love of the High Street, Andrew Gwynne said:

“I’m incredibly lucky to represent a constituency with more than one fantastic high street. As a lover of history, I’m grateful for the incredible local landmarks on our high streets. We’ve got Houldsworth Clock in Reddish, Dukinfield Town Hall on King Street and the Town Hall and park alongside Denton’s old market place to name just a few.

Town centres across Denton and Reddish have changed dramatically over the last 100 years, and recently our high streets have had to contend with a consumer shift to online retail. What we’ve seen over the last few years, however, is the resilience of the local high street. Great new businesses like the Post Room, Howard’s Bar and I Knead Pizza have breathed new life into our local area, and wonderfully complemented our existing businesses.

I would encourage anyone interested to get in touch with Historic England and let them know what you love about your high street.”

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said:

“Throughout history high streets have been our gathering places; centres of commerce, conversation and community. They help make where we live unique and special.

Nearly half of all high streets were built before 1919. They are one of the most visited and enjoyed types of heritage in the country, a connection to our past and a key to our future. We know they are struggling, and their future is uncertain, and we think this is a timely moment to ask people about their future and consider the part we can all play in supporting these important places.”

** Gwynne backs report on the benefits of reusing historic northern mills

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has backed a new report on the potential of using historic mills to drive home, jobs and green growth.

The report has been commissioned by Historic England ([link removed]) , and was presented to the Northern Culture All-party parliamentary group this afternoon.

The report has found that vacant floor space in historic northern mills could accommodate around 13,000 apartments in Greater Manchester, delivering a significant proportion of housing through re-using brownfield sites. The report also finds that 41,500 jobs could be accommodated by utilising empty mill space.

There is also a sizeable environmental benefit, with research demonstrating that by refurbishing or retrofitting historic buildings, significant carbon emissions associated with demolition are avoided.

Catherine Dewar, Historic England’s North West Regional Director said:

“The Mills of the North are such an important part of our history, culture and landscape. These amazing buildings and sites can accommodate wonderful homes, workplaces and cultural spaces. Special places where the history and character shines through.

Commenting on the report, Andrew Gwynne said:

We have some great examples of mill conversions to residential properties in Denton and Reddish. Houldsworth Mill, Elisabeth Mill and Victoria Mill in Reddish are all fine examples.

I’d love to see more of this regeneration and reuse of our magnificent urban heritage across the rest of the constituency and beyond”.

To read the full report, entitled ‘Engines of Prosperity’ click here ([link removed]) .

** Minutes from APPG on State Pension Inequality for Women meeting


On Monday, I met with a number of colleagues from across the House to discuss the recent findings of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO). The PHSO found that the DWP committed maladministration in its communication to 1950s-born women about changes to their State Pensions.

This was a really productive meeting, and we are all looking forward to continuing the fight in Parliament to try and finally get some long-overdue justice for 1950s-born women.

You can see the full minutes and list of attendees here ([link removed]) .
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** St Lawrence Church, Denton ✝️

Thanks to St Lawrence Church Denton ([link removed]) for inviting me, Allison ([link removed]) and Lyle to Sunday morning's service ahead of the church being opened for Heritage Open ([link removed]) Day.

St Lawrence’s was built in 1531 as a Chapel of Ease and paid for by the Hydes (of Hyde Hall Denton) and the Hollands (of Denton Hall) to save a six mile journey to the Manchester Collegiate Church (today’s Cathedral).

Originally dedicated to St James, and Roman Catholic, the church has been at the centre of all the religious upheavals from the Protestant reformation through to Puritanism and non conformity. Firebrand Puritan preacher John Angier was minister here, and one of Cromwell’s Chief Parliamentary Commanders, Colonel Robert Duckenfield is buried in the churchyard.

Under the ministry of Rev Parr Greswell, the church was restored, and fragments of original medieval stained glass was found, including one depicting the martyrdom of Lawrence on a gridiron. It is now in the sanctuary windows. Greswell had the church rededicated to St Lawrence as a consequence.

Thank you to the PCC for inviting us. It was lovely to see some old friends at the service, and to get a proper nosey around one of Denton’s ancient and remarkable buildings.



** 🏆 Citizens' Award - Clem White 🏆

This morning I dropped in at Denton Medical Practice ([link removed]) to present my latest Citizen’s Award to Denton resident Clem White.

Clem was nominated by the GP Surgery who also supplied several moving testimonies from members of the local community, who were also invited to the presentation.

I was told that: “We as a GP practice have seen how this gentleman goes above and beyond to help those in need. We ourselves have been fortunate enough to have had a helping hand; whilst setting up our flu clinics last year in the car park, he came along to offer his help. He always has a smile on his face and greets anyone he passes with a good morning/afternoon. Nothing is too much trouble. We know during covid (and beyond) that he has delivered newspapers to his neighbours in all weathers, he clears drains, fixes cars, goes shopping and checking up on those whom are vulnerable. The list is endless.”



Andrew in Parliament
I've been busy in Parliament over the last week, and I managed to raise some really important local and national issues, ranging from the situation at Russell Scott Primary, to the need for the Government to better support veterans. I even managed to ask Jacob Rees-Mogg if he had any zipwiring tips.👇
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📺 WATCH: At Business Questions I raise the issue of GM1, a rare, life-limiting condition that the beautiful 7-year-old Florence from Dukinfield has. I ask the Leader of the House what tips he has for my zipwire on Sunday. I never thought I’d be told to “lie back and enjoy it” by Jacob Rees Mogg!

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📺 WATCH: At Defence Questions I raise the issue of increasing support for our veterans. I ask if the Government will back Labour’s “Duty of Care” amendment in the Armed Forces Bill. The Minister answered a question. Just not the one I asked.
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📺 WATCH: On Tuesday I had a debate in Westminster Hall about the situation at Russell Scott Primary School ([link removed]) , and the awful condition it was left in by Carillion.

The Department for Education has had a bit of a personnel shift in the last week, so I wanted to make sure that the new Minister would commit to helping Tameside Council solve this problem. It was a really productive debate, and the Minister has pledged to continue working with Tameside Council to help Russell Scott.
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📺 WATCH: At Home Affairs Select Committee we have the Permanent and 2nd Permanent Secretaries from the Home Office before us. I ask about the High Court Judgement about the suitability of the use of Napier Barracks accommodation in a pandemic, where there was a COVID outbreak affecting 200 residents. Rather than answers, I got civil service whataboutery. Sir Humphrey eat your heart out.
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📺 WATCH: We've had an Urgent Question on HM's Inspectorate's report into violence against women and girls. This is sadly a major issue, and too many men still think it's acceptable to hurt and abuse women. As well as reforming the law, police and criminal justice system, I ask what more can be done to change culture amongst some men.
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📺 WATCH: At Cabinet Office Questions I asked a supplementary question on support for veterans. Given SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity ([link removed]) say 77% of veterans struggle to adjust to civilian life, I ask what the Government is doing to help.
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📺 WATCH: The public faces a double whammy of increasing gas prices and increasing prices passed on by business to cover the extra energy cost to industry. This will push more people into poverty at just the time many are facing a Universal Credit cut too. The answer? Meaningless guff.
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📺 WATCH: Yesterday we had an Urgent Question from the Education Minister on the impact of COVID on children’s education. I mention the summer school at Denton Community College which I was invited to in August and ask what more should be done so the “COVID cohort” doesn’t fall behind more.
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📺 WATCH: There's been a debate in the Chamber on the human rights abuses in Kashmir. The serious situation there should not be ignored, but we also need an international effort to bring all sides together to find a peaceful way forward.
Andrew in the media

** Russell Scott Primary


📰READ: A massive thank you to Manchester Hits and GB News for interviewing me about the situation at Russell Scott Primary, and the dreadful condition it was left in by Carillion. You can read the Manchester Hits article here ([link removed]) , and watch my full interview with GB News 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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