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** Dear Constituent,
A warm welcome to Denton and Reddish Weekly News! I hope that you've had a lovely week.
As we continue to see appalling scenes from Ukraine, I've been really moved by the steps that local people are taking to show their solidarity and support for the Ukrainian people.
There's a number of centres now taking donations, including at the Ashton UKR Centre ([link removed]) . More information can be found on their Facebook page here ([link removed]) . 🇬🇧
We in Denton and Reddish continue to stand with Ukraine.
** Gwynne celebrates World Book Day
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, supported World Book Day’s 25th anniversary which took place on Thursday.
Each year, World Book Day creates bespoke £1 books for children and young adults across the UK and Ireland. Through World Book Day, every child across Denton and Reddish is given a £1 book token, which they can to a book or a supermarket to get their free World Book Day book.
World Book Day aims to see more children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, given the life-long habit of reading for pleasure that will improve their life chances.
Gwynne, who attended a Parliamentary event earlier this week to mark the 25th anniversary, said:
“It’s such a pleasure to support World Book Day in its 25th year. Reading is so important, and every child and young adult deserves to be given the opportunity to develop a life long passion for it.
As an avid reader myself, I was delighted to get out and about in Parliament, and flick through the brilliant selection of new £1 world book day books. I’m so pleased that children and young people across Denton and Reddish will be given the opportunity to pick their own new book for free. A personal favourite of mine was Jemima The Pig And The 127 Acorns by Michael Morpurgo”
To find out more about World Book Day visit [link removed]
Pictured: Gwynne supporting World Book Day in Parliament.
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has slammed the Government after a 3.8% rail fare rise came into force on Tuesday.
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 analysis shows for commuters in Greater Manchester, they will be paying an average of 49% more for season tickets than in 2010. This equates to around £816 pounds more per year.
The rail fare increase means that some commuters will be paying over £3,900 more to travel to work than in 2010. On average, rail fares have risen twice as fast as wages in the last 12 years.
Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:
“As cost-of-living continues to soar, families across Denton and Reddish are already struggling to make ends meet. Instead of helping, the Tories have subjected people to more misery.
In Greater Manchester, we aren’t getting the proper rail investment needed, and we’re paying more than ever before. It isn’t right, and the Government needs to step up and do something about it.
Louise Haigh MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, added:
“This brutal Tory fare hike will be a nightmare 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?”
Read more of this week's stories ([link removed])
Andrew in Parliament
🇺🇦 Earlier this week, I sent my solidarity and that of the people of Audenshaw, Denton, Dukinfield, Heaton Chapel, Heaton Norris and Reddish to the Ukrainian Parliament and people.
May democracy, freedom and peace overcome the tyranny of the aggressor. You are in our prayers.
📺 WATCH: Waiting lists were already at a record high before the pandemic and are set to get worse in the years ahead; but there’s also a huge disparity in waiting times too.
For example, only 38% of people in Birmingham get treated within the 18 week target compared with more than 70% at Guy's and St Thomas’ in London.
📺 WATCH: As we handover the Presidency of COP to Egypt, at Climate Change Questions I ask the current President what efforts he’s making to rebuild the coalition of countries that signed up to the Paris Agreement in 2015, but which fractured at Glasgow last year.
Without a truly global effort, we will continue to miss climate change targets, to all of humanity’s disadvantage.
Andrew in the constituency
📺 WATCH: It was great to meet with accessibility campaigner Nathaniel Yates earlier today and talk about the funding secured to finally provide Reddish North with step-free access.
Nathaniel has worked tirelessly with Andy Burnham and Transport for Greater Manchester to get some proper investment for these changes.
As Nathaniel says, there is still much more work to be done to make Greater Manchester accessible to everyone, but this is a really positive development.
** HS2 Tram Link Re-Think 🚆
🚆 It's frankly outrageous that the HS2 Bill presented to Parliament last month contains a proposal to sever the Ashton Metrolink line at New Islington while the construction work around Piccadilly is being done. Worse still is the idea that HS2 Ltd. can mothball the line and run “replacement buses” instead.
I’m campaigning with Councillor Oliver Ryan ([link removed]) , Team Audenshaw ([link removed]) , Tameside Council ([link removed]) and my fellow Tameside MPs Angela Rayner
([link removed]) and Jonathan Reynolds ([link removed]) , to urge HS2 to re-think their plans which will have a massive impact on the communities along the route of the tramline.
#NoBedtimes ([link removed]) is a campaign to secure basic rights for people with learning disabilities - things we take for granted but which the social care system often overlooks.
Why shouldn’t a young adult who wants to go to an evening showing of a film, or to meet friends for a drink, be able to do so just because their care package states they should be put to bed at a certain time?
My Reddish constituent, Jason T Johnson ([link removed]) , has established a Greater Manchester branch of the Stay Up Late ([link removed]) campaign and Councillor Allison Gwynne ([link removed]) and I joined with other local councillors from Stockport on Saturday to attend the Branch’s fundraiser at Reddish WMC on Greg Street.
I’ve promised Jason that if I can get a ‘10 minute rule’ Bill in the Commons, I’ll use it to highlight this campaign.
** Friends of the Tame Valley 💚
We had a fantastic morning on Sunady cleaning up the Tame Valley around Shepley Wood, Audenshaw, and Jet Amber Fields, Denton. A brilliant turnout (more people arrived after the group photo too!) and lots of rubbish, litter and flytipping removed. 🧹
A massive thanks to the River Tame Anglers’ and to the Mersey Rivers Trust ([link removed]) for all the work they’ve done today too.
And the sun shone too. A Springtime bonus! ☀️
Andrew in the media
📺 WATCH: Thank you to BBC North West ([link removed]) Tonight for taking the time to speak with my Reddish constituent Jez and his partner Maria.
Maria was granted a visa waiver after being forced to flee Kyiv in the aftermath of the Russian invasion. They had to make a terrifying 23-hour journey across the border before finally arriving in Manchester on Wednesday.
Thanks again to my fantastic team for doing everything they could to help Maria and Jez, and we're so glad to have you both in Manchester safe and sound. Thanks also to ITV for covering the story here ([link removed]) . 🇺🇦
📺 WATCH: On BBC North West ([link removed]) Tonight, I was asked for my thoughts on the fact that several hospital trusts, council's and housing organisations in Greater Manchester are in contract with Gazprom Energy.
Gazprom Energy are owned by the Russian State, and are very heavily linked to the Putin regime.
We need to send a really strong message that here in the United Kingdom we are not going to engage or work with businesses that are propping up Putin. Thankfully, the Government has now intervened and I support their action.
📺 WATCH: Thanks to the Tameside Reporter for covering my comments on the resumption of the works to the Reddish Vale Viaduct.
This iconic piece of architecture must be protected for generations to come. You can read the full story here ([link removed]) .
🎩 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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