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A very warm welcome to Denton and Reddish weekly news. I hope you've had a great week!
It's been a busy (and eventful) week in Parliament, so scroll down to Andrew in Parliament to see what I've been getting up to!
** Gwynne backs plan to tackle soaring energy prices
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has slammed the Conservatives for ‘awful management’ of Britain’s energy sector – and has joined calls for a windfall tax on North Sea Oil and Gas to stop energy bills rising over the next year.
Energy prices have soared over recent months, leaving people and businesses struggling to meet the costs. The last energy price cap increase, in October, pushed bills to an average of £1,277 a year for a dual-fuel bill. The next review is expected to push bills up by 50% to nearer £2,000.
Labour have pointed to the government’s failure to meet the vast potential of British renewable and nuclear energy, failure to make more homes warm and well-insulated, and failure to properly regulate the energy market, leading to dozens of energy companies going bust.
To address the immediate crisis, Labour have outlined fully-funded measures to reduce the expected price rise in April. The move would save most households around £200 or more. It would also offer support to pensioners and the lowest earners, who would receive up to £600 off bills.
Labour would fund the plan with a one-off windfall tax on North Sea Oil and Gas producers who have profited from price rises.
Highlighting how crucial it is to keep energy bills lower in future, Labour have said they would:
• Reduce Britain’s reliance on imported gas by accelerating home-grown renewables and new nuclear
• Make sure 19 million homes are warm and well-insulated, saving households an average of £400 a year on bills
• Regulate the market better, with a pledge to never again let energy companies play fast and loose with the rules.
Commenting on the plan, Andrew Gwynne said:
“The Conservatives have been in power for over 10 years. In that time they have repeatedly failed to meet the vast potential of British renewable energy. Awful management and years of dither and delay is now hitting working people hardest.
I want to stop bills going up for people and businesses across Denton and Reddish. This is why Labour’s plan to give families extra security is so crucial. By taking fully-funded measures we could save most households around £200 or more, and give people the support they need.
Alongside these measures, Labour would plan to keep energy bills lower in the future by accelerating home-grown renewable energy. We urgently need to reform our broken energy system to stop anything like this happening again. The green energy transition is not only good for the planet, but consumers too.
People across Denton and Reddish deserve an affordable and secure energy system that works for them.”
** Mogg insists on CAZ staying after Gwynne intervention
Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Leader of the House of Commons, has insisted that the Clean Air Zone in Greater Manchester will stay, after Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne requested that the Government ‘look again’ at the direction.
The Clean Air Zone is due to go live across 10 Greater Manchester authorities in May. The zone is an instruction from the Tory Government after it lost a supreme Court Case brought by the climate change group Client Earth back in 2015.
The Government instruction means that Greater Manchester is legally obligated to implement the zone. However, the scheme is incredibly controversial, with politicians including Gwynne accusing the Government of not providing the requisite support to small businesses to comply with the new scheme.
In the House of Commons on Thursday, Gwynne raised the issue with the Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg. Gwynne argued that the £120 million pound allocated from the Governent to Greater Manchester for retrofitting was ‘wholly inadequate’, and as a result the proposed CAZ is ‘harmful’ to many small businesses.
Mogg responded by stating that Greater Manchester has a ‘socialist mayor who must live up to his responsibilities’ and follow the order from Government.
Commenting on the exchange, Andrew Gwynne said:
“I was disappointed, but not necessarily surprised by Rees-Mogg’s response. It shows the disdain that he and the Government have towards Greater Manchester, and their reluctance to work with us constructively.
Effectively tackling these issues means Government providing proper support and partnership to get results.
The Government cannot demand Greater Manchester implement these wide-ranging reforms without giving us the tools to do it fairly and in a way that doesn’t unfairly penalise residents and small business owners.
I would encourage the Government to distance itself from Jacob Rees-Mogg’s pretty childish comments and get around the table with local Government and council leaders from Greater Manchester to sort this problem out.”
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Andrew in the constituency
** Friends of the Tame Valley's Community Litter Pick 💚
I had a rewarding morning on Sunday with the brilliant Friends of the Tame Valley ([link removed]) for their clean-up of Jet Amber Fields. A fantastic turnout considering the poor weather. And it’s great to see Cubs and leaders from the local Scout group getting stuck in too!
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Andrew in Parliament
📺 WATCH: The Government has been dragged to the House to answer questions about the Ombudsman’s judgement of maladministration over the underpayment of disability benefits to 118,000 people. It’s startling the Minister doesn’t have constituency breakdowns and worse, that the onus is on the individual to come forward to the DWP to seek redress.
📺 WATCH: At Cabinet Office Questions I ask the Minister why, after all we know about the Prime Minister’s lockdown law-breaking, it’s always others that face the consequences for Johnson’s misdemeanours. The Prime Minister should go.
📺 WATCH: The Paymaster General still tries to defend the Prime Minister. It’s an open shut case. The PM now accepts he broke the law. He’s misled the House on previous occasions denying the parties. He should go.
📺 WATCH: The fact is it is a Tory Government instruction that Greater Manchester’s 10 councils introduce a Clean Air Zone. They’ve only given £120m to fund retrofit. I ask Ministers to rethink their direction. The Leader of the House tells me the Mayor needs to “live up to his responsibilities" and follow the Government’s [CAZ] orders.
📺 WATCH: Immediately after PMQs, we have an urgent question granted on the NHS vaccination roll-out. As Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister, I raise a number of questions to the Minister about the roll-out of vaccinations, tackling misinformation, protecting the clinically extremely vulnerable, and doing our bit to vaccinate the world.
📺 WATCH: In my role as Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister, I spoke in the Westminster Hall debate on eye healthcare. The Government’s record on eye healthcare is appalling and too many people are losing their sight while they languish on record high waiting lists. Ministers need to get a grip.
📺 WATCH: At Defence Questions I ask the Secretary of State what the Government is doing to challenge and combat misinformation from Russia. We know this is a key tool used to destabilise the West.
I also pay tribute to Jack Dromey MP who sadly died last week.
Andrew in the media
📰 READ: Thanks to the Tameside Reporter for covering the brilliant Friends of the Tame Valley community litter pick which took place on Sunday. A huge thank you to all the volunteers who braved the rain and made it such a successful day.
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🎩 To find out more about the fantastic 'Hats Off To Denton' trail click 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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