From Andrew Gwynne MP <[email protected]>
Subject Denton & Reddish Weekly Newsletter
Date December 17, 2021 5:41 PM
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** Dear Constituent,
Welcome to the last edition of Denton and Reddish Weekly News for 2021. On Wednesday, my office will close for the Christmas break. Emails will be periodically checked in case of emergencies.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone across Denton and Reddish a safe and merry Christmas and a very happy new year.
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** Gwynne slams Tory train fare hike

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has condemned Tory Ministers after a brutal 3.8% train fares hike was announced this morning.

Labour has compared the costs on over 180 train routes between when the Conservatives came to power and the projected new prices that will be implemented this January 2020.

And this new analysis shows that on average, commuters in Greater Manchester will be paying 47% more than in 2010 for a season ticket.

In 2010, the average commuter in Greater Manchester would have paid an estimated £1987 for their season ticket. Labour analysis now estimates that in 2022 the average commuter will pay £2931 – an increase of almost £1000 – for their season ticket.

The average commuter nationwide faces paying a staggering £3,263 for their season ticket – £1069, or 49% more, than in 2010.

New figures released today by Labour show:

• Average fares will rise to 48.9% more than they were in 2010.

• That some commuters will be paying over £3,900 more to travel to work than in 2010.

• Average fares have risen twice as fast as wages.

Louise Haigh MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:

“This brutal Tory fare hike will be a nightmare before Christmas for millions of passengers.

Families already facing soaring taxes and bills will now be clobbered with an eyewatering rise in the cost of the commute.

Many will wonder what planet Ministers are on if they think people can afford this?

People up and down this country are paying the price for a cost-of-living crisis made in Downing Street.”

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, said:

“Many families across Denton and Reddish are already struggling to make ends meet this Christmas, and rather than give them a helping hand the Tories have piled on more misery.

Greater Manchester has had to bear the brunt of years of broken promises. We were promised ‘Northern Powerhouse Rail’ to bring high speed rail travel to the north. We were lied to. Now, to make matters worse, not only are we not getting the requisite investment in transport infrastructure, we’re having to pay more for it!

This is totally unsustainable. Ordinary people are being squeezed by a rising cost of living, and the Conservatives are doing absolutely nothing to address it.”

** Gwynne announces exciting tree planting planned for the Tame Valley

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has highlighted an exciting tree planting programme taking place in the Tame Valley to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

In Denton and Reddish, 20% of residents live within 500 metres of woodland. However, the constituency only has 5.2% overall tree coverage. Denton and Reddish residents also breathe in some of the worst air quality in Greater Manchester and England.

Gwynne has called tree planting ‘essential’ in helping people across the constituency live happier and healthier lives, and announced an upcoming tree planting programme to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Gwynne revealed that over 1,000 trees will be donated by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester to be planted in the Tame Valley, and that Friends of the Tame Valley ([link removed]) will assist with the planting initiative.

Friends of the Tame Valley is a community group which was set up last year. Since their inception, the group have organised regular litter picks, raised money for vital valley maintenance, and tackled the growth of invasive weed species. Gwynne acts as Secretary of the group, which is made up entirely of volunteers.

Gwynne has long been an advocate for tree planting, and last week met with representatives of the Woodland Trust to support a new community tree planting programme being organised by the charity.

Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:

“I am really grateful for charities and groups like the Woodland Trust for consistently making the case for more trees, and for their work in getting trees planted in communities across the country.

I am also very excited to announce that the Tame Valley will be receiving a gift of over 1,000 trees to mark the Queens Platinum Jubilee, and that the fantastic volunteers that make up Friends of the Tame Valley will be able to play their part in this fantastic planting programme.

I love our green spaces, and think they should be protected and enhanced so that local people can lead happier and healthier lives. It’s such a brilliant idea to mark the Queen’s historic Diamond Jubilee with this unprecedented gift to our local community.

My many thanks to the Lord Lieutenant and of course Her Majesty for this gift that will enhance our fantastic Tame Valley, and will be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Pictured: Gwynne at a Parliamentary event with the Woodland Trust last week
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Andrew in Parliament
📰 READ: 800,000 immunocompromised and suppressed people are still waiting for vital information relating to their booster vaccination.

Vicky Foxcroft ([link removed]) MP and I have jointly written to the Vaccines Minister asking for urgent clarification on the booster rollout for the immunocompromised.

📺 WATCH: At Scotland Questions I ask why the UK Government has turned down funding for sensible renewable energy schemes but is still supporting exploiting the Cambo oil field. This goes against all our own COP26 pledges.
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📺 WATCH: At what is likely to be my last Home Affairs Committee (there’ll be an election in January for my place now I’m back on the Frontbench) we have the Minister responsible for the Rape Review before us. I ask her about support for victims.
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📺 WATCH: At Home Affairs Committee, I ask about the roll-out of Operation Soteria, which seeks to shift police investigations away from rape victims and towards the suspect.
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📺 WATCH: The Government has come to the House to update MPs about the Horizon scandal which saw sub-postmasters convicted for stealing money when it was an IT failure. It’s been a decade of hell for them. But Government now needs to get a move on with compensation payments.

I also get to pay tribute to my friend and former Dukinfield sub-postmistress, Della Ryan ([link removed])
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📺 WATCH: At Ministry of Justice Questions I’ve raised the massive backlog of cases in English and Welsh Crown Courts. It’s not just about COVID. The backlog had already increased 23% before the pandemic.
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📺 WATCH: At DWP Questions I’ve come in on a question about the National Disability Strategy. The Minister thinks it’s production came from the biggest consultation ever. It’s just the sector doesn’t agree - to the point the Government is even being taken to Court over it. Still, the Minister is “proud”.
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📺 WATCH: The Stephen Port murders were utterly horrific, and the Met Police failed to protect the LGBTQ+ community. I ask the the Minister if he’s satisfied other police forces wouldn’t similarly fail.
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Andrew in the media
📰 READ: A few weeks back I did a “Real Me” interview with Gloria De Piero ([link removed]) which was shown this week on GB News. ([link removed]) Key parts have been picked up already by:
* the Evening Standard here ([link removed]) .
* the Press Association here ([link removed]) .

Remember, it's okay not to be okay!👇🏻

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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