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** Dear Constituent,
A warm welcome to Denton and Reddish weekly news. It's been a really busy week. On Saturday, I announced the winners and runners-up of my Local Business Awards 2021. A massive well-done to every business who was nominated, and thanks to everyone who got involved and made this year the best yet! Scroll down to see the winners.
On Tuesday, the Government announced a return of some COVID-19 restrictions, including mandatory face masks in most indoor venues, work from home guidance and daily testing for those who have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus.
These restrictions have been recommended by top scientists, and it's really important that we stick to them so that we can have a safe and happy Christmas. You can read the full updated guidance here ([link removed]) .
** Gwynne celebrates local businesses with annual awards
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has celebrated the success of local businesses across Denton and Reddish, as he announced the winners and runners-up of his annual Local Business Awards.
Gwynne’s business awards have been running for several years and invite local residents to get involved and nominate their favourite businesses. This year’s awards were the biggest yet, with over 4,000 nominations received and more than 300 businesses in the running.
Gwynne announced the winners and runners-up on Small Business Saturday, and toured the constituency to award the worthy businesses. There was a winner and a runner-up for each ward in the constituency, as well as an overall winner and runner-up.
Commenting on the award’s, Andrew Gwynne said:
“I would just like to take a moment to say a massive well done to all the local businesses across Denton and Reddish who were nominated, and thanks to the thousands of people who voted for their favourites. There can only be seven winners and seven runners-up, but the reality is every business nominated is a winner.
These awards are a bit of fun, but also showcase the exceptional businesses we have right across the area, and each year I’m blown away by the ingenuity, drive, and quality of our local businesses.
So, I would encourage everyone to support local businesses as much as they can, they really are the lifeblood of our community.”
The full list of winners and runners-up is as follows:
OVERALL WINNER: BEEWEIGHED
OVERALL RUNNER-UP: Tranquility Cosmetics.
Winner: Stamford House Hair & Beauty
Runner-up: Black Hills Café
Winner: The Dining Room, Haughton Green
Runner-Up: Karen’s Hair Design and Beauty
Winner: Platform Personal Training Gym
Runner-Up: Domingo Pizza
Winner: Kitty’s Kitchen
Runner-Up: Hair Kraft
Winner: Manchester Princess Parties
Runner-up: GlassHouse Male Image and Grooming.
To see all the pictures from the award presentations click here ([link removed]) .
** Gwynne to return to frontbench in Shadow Public Health role
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, on Saturday announced that he will be joining the Labour Shadow Health team, led by the new Shadow Secretary of State for Health Wes Streeting.
Gwynne will be focusing on Public Health in his new role. The move is a return to the frontbench for Gwynne, who stepped down as Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government last year and has been battling the symptoms of Long Covid since he was diagnosed with the illness in March 2020.
Commenting on his new role Andrew Gwynne said:
I am delighted to be returning to the frontbench and taking on this exciting role.
I have made no secret of my struggles with Long Covid, and for the last year and a half I have been having to focus primarily on my recovery. We need Shadow Ministers firing on all cylinders to get the job done, so I am glad that I have given myself the space to better understand my Long Covid symptoms, and work to alleviate them. I now feel ready to return to the front bench, and feel fully supported by the new Shadow Secretary of State for Health Wes Streeting and the team.
I can’t wait to get started. I have worked on Public Health before, and loved it. It’s so important that we tackle health inequalities, as well as address the larger impact of the pandemic on our communities. I also look forward to working alongside the Shadow Health team to robustly defend the core principles of our brilliant National Health Service.
** Gwynne highlights soaring NHS waiting times in Stockport and Tameside
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish and Shadow Public Health Minister, has slammed the Government after recent figures released by the NHS highlighted the incredibly concerning waiting lists at NHS trusts throughout the country, including in Stockport and Tameside.
The figures show that at the end of October 2021:
* at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS trust, 18,657 were on the waiting list for an NHS appointment. 1021 people had been waiting for more than a year for an appointment, and 73 had been waiting for more than two years.
* At Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, there was 36,912 people on the waiting list. 3,726 people had been waiting more than a year for an appointment, and 98 people had been waiting for more than two years.
In March 2020, at the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, there were 4,235,970 people on the NHS waiting list in England, a then record high. Nationally, the standard of 92% of people seen within 18 weeks of a referral has not been met since 2016. Now, over 1 in 10 people in England are on the NHS waiting list.
The Conservative Government has no plan to deal with the chronic shortage of GPs, doctors, nurses and social care staff, and has not set clear targets to reduce waiting lists and waiting times. Hospitals around the country are reporting unsustainable pressure and an inability to provide high quality care.
Commenting on the figures, Andrew Gwynne said:
“These figures are absolutely shocking. People across Denton and Reddish are being forced to wait months and even years for treatment, often in pain and discomfort.
Staff at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Trust and Stockport NHS Foundation Trust are working around the clock, and doing everything they can to try and get people seen as quickly as possible. The problem is, they are stretched like never after ten years of Conservative mismanagement and neglect.
The Government urgently needs to get a grip on this problem. People across the country deserve to be seen on time, and be provided with quality care.”
Wes Streeting MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said:
“One in every ten people in England are on NHS waiting lists today and the situation is set to get even worse, despite the Tories’ unfair tax rises on working people. Under the Tories we’re paying more and getting less.
“The NHS went into the pandemic with waiting lists at record levels, staff shortages of 100,000 in the health service and 112,000 social care vacancies thanks to a decade of Conservative mismanagement.
“We need a plan to address the staffing shortages in health and social care service, to ensure the timely and quality care that patients deserve.”
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Andrew in the Constituency
Tameside Toy Appeal 🎅🏻 🧸 🎁
A BIG THANK YOU to all who contributed to the Tameside Toy Appeal organised by Action Together ([link removed]) . Allison ([link removed]) and I dropped some toys off at the last collection point at Russell Scott Primary School ([link removed]) in Denton, where lots of
new toys had been donated.
All the toys are now being distributed around the borough to ensure every child has a fantastic Christmas 🎅🏻
St George's Centre in Denton host a festive table-top sale 🎅🏻
I had a great time at the St George’s Centre in Dane Bank to officially open their Christmas Table Top sale on Sunday.
Along with Councillor George Jones ([link removed]) and Councillor Brenda Warrington ([link removed]) , we met Santa, had cake, chatted to the stall holders, bought a few gifts and then bumped into Corrie’s Aadi as we were leaving.
A huge well-done to everyone for organising such a brilliant sale!
Andrew in Parliament
📺 WATCH: At Education Topical Questions I reminded the Minister that it’s 3 months since I raised the plight of Russell Scott Primary School ([link removed]) in Denton after a botched £5 million Carillion refurb. I ask for an update. 👇🏻
📺 WATCH: In the aftermath of the dreadful murder of little Arthur, I urge the Secretary of State to understand the impact of a decade of damage to children’s services across England as a result of savage local government cuts and increasing pressures.
📺 WATCH: At Education Questions I’ve come in on a question about the EBacc driving up standards. I also point out it’s a question of resources. There’s been a 14% drop in per-pupil spending in the most deprived secondary schools since 2010. You wouldn’t think so listening to the Education Secretary.👩🏻🎓
📺 WATCH: We have an Urgent Question in the House on the worrying build up of Russian troops in eastern Ukraine. NATO must speak with one voice. Putin thrives off mixed messages. We need a united NATO response to de-escalate tensions here.
📺 WATCH: Business Questions is an MP’s opportunity to raise issues for future business to the Leader of the House of Commons. I’ve raised the scourge of anti-social behaviour because I believe neither the resources nor the powers available to councils and police are enough to tackle the tearaways.
📺 WATCH: On Wednesday, Labour secured a debate in Parliament on the cuts to the Northern Powerhouse rail plans. Manchester has had £4bn axed for a new underground rail link at Manchester Piccadilly, as part of the east-west high speed rail proposal. Instead it’ll be built on stilts.
Remember when London’s Crossrail was built on stilts? No me neither.
📺 WATCH: We’ve just had a Statement made by Ministers outlining their new plans to put victims rights onto Statute and to improve access to support through the criminal justice system. I’m just a bit concerned that gender based crimes seem to be omitted. Ministers say they’re covered by a separate strategy.
Andrew in the media
📺 WATCH: On last night’s ITV Granada Debate we were asked about the Downing Street parties. I don’t think the Tories appreciate the severity of the situation. Yes I’m angry. So is the country!
📰 READ: Thanks to the Tameside Reporter ([link removed]) for covering my thoughts on the Number 10 Christmas party scandal.
Whilst we all followed the rules, the Government broke them, time and time again. To add insult to injury, they not only had parties, but laughed about it afterwards. It makes a mockery of the British public, and it's a disgrace.
Read the full piece 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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