From Andrew Gwynne MP <[email protected]>
Subject Denton & Reddish Weekly Newsletter
Date February 18, 2022 11:44 AM
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This week in Denton & Reddish
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** Dear Constituent,
A warm welcome to Denton and Reddish Weekly News!

I hope that you've had a great week. Parliament has been in recess, but I've been keeping myself busy with the end of the Public Inquiry into the proposed Bredbury industrial estate expansion.

There's also some really exciting events planned across Denton and Reddish over the coming weeks, including the launch of the 'Hats off to Denton' sculpture trail, scroll down to find out more.
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** Gwynne tips his hat to Denton sculpture trail

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has welcomed the new ‘Hats Off to Denton’ Sculpture Trail, which launches on Saturday the 19th of February.

The free trail, which has been organised by Tameside Council, will run until the 13th of March 2022 and aims to celebrate Denton’s unique hatting heritage.

The 15 hat trail, 5 of which are giant, will be exhibited across Denton town Centre between Saturday 19th February and Sunday 13th March. Each will have a unique design hand painted by a local artist, with themes inspired by the town or a local community group.

Denton has been making hats for over 300 years, and by the early 20th century was the centre of hat making in the United Kingdom. Back in 2013 Gwynne – a self confessed history buff – helped uncover the only known surviving example of a two-story hat planning shop and bow Garrett.

Commenting on the trail, Andrew Gwynne said:

“This is such a fantastic idea, and I’m so pleased that Tameside Council have chosen to recognise Denton’s unique hatting history in such a fun and engaging way.

We should be really proud of our local history, and there’s nothing more thrilling then connecting with the heritage of your local community.

I’ve had a sneak peak at some of the hat designs, and they are absolutely brilliant. I’d encourage anyone in and around Denton to make the most of this one-of-a-kind sculpture trail while it lasts!”

To find out more about the Hats off to Denton sculpture trail click here ([link removed]!) .

** Working people deserve security and respect - my weekly article for the Tameside Reporter

This week is Heart Unions Week. For those who haven’t heard of it before, Heart Unions week aims to raise awareness of the benefits of joining a union, as well as highlight the need for better security and employment conditions for working people. It’s a really great initiative, backed by all of the major unions.

Here in Greater Manchester, we have a proud history of trade unionism. The Trades Union Congress – the federation which represents most trade unions – held their first meeting in 1868, in the Manchester Mechanics institute. This historic building can be found at 103 Princes Street. In it, working people from all over the UK met and discussed the need for a radical overhaul in workers’ rights.

Over 150 years later, the achievements of trade unions have been truly extraordinary.

We’ve had the Equal Pay Act, the National Minimum Wage Act, Minimum Holiday entitlement and a vast improvement in working conditions. These achievements are thanks to trade unions, and to working people who stood up for what they believed in.

Yet despite these incredible achievements, trade unions are more important than ever. Currently, 3.6 million people are currently in insecure work, meaning that they can’t adequately plan for the future.

One in six working families live in poverty. In Denton and Reddish alone, over 30% of children live in poverty. Over the last decade, many good jobs have been lost, and pay has stagnated.

Working people and families deserve support, proper pay, and good working conditions. These are the principles that the TUC was founded on all those years ago, and they are the principles we must continue to stand up for.

That’s why I’m so proud of Labour’s New Deal for Working People. This plan would strengthen trade unions, guarantee a proper living wage, and give working people and their families the pride, security and dignity they deserve. We’d get rid of dodgy practises like Fire and Rehire, and make sure that Britain is a country that is fit for the future of work.

I would encourage anyone in Tameside, who isn’t already part of a union, to join so that you have the protections in employment that you deserve. You can do so by visiting the TUC website, and there’s a brilliant tool which allows you to pick the union that works best for you.

We are stronger together, and unions give working people a powerful voice to change and improve the future.
Pictured: Gwynne backing Labour's new deal in Parliament last week
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Andrew in Parliament

🗓️ Parliament is currently in recess, but will return on Monday.
Andrew in the constituency

** Bredbury industrial estate Public Inquiry 🌳
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📺 WATCH: For the past two weeks I’ve been representing local residents as a “Rule 6 Party” at the Planning Inquiry into the Bredbury industrial estate extension proposal. That gave me the right to question and cross examine the developer’s witnesses, as well as submit my own evidence.

It’s been a learning curve! Here’s my closing statement which sets out my case.

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** Out and about in Audenshaw ☔️

Last Saturday, I got out on the #LabourDoorstep ([link removed]) in rainy Audenshaw with Councillor Oliver Ryan ([link removed]) and the Tameside Labour ([link removed]) Team.

Despite the weather it’s always great to get out and speak to residents. A great response and picked up a fair bit of casework too!
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📰 READ: Thanks to the New Civil Engineer for covering my recent comments on the proposed suspension of the Metrolink Ashton-under-Lyne. Rail planners and the Government must urgently think again on this.

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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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