From Andrew Gwynne MP <[email protected]>
Subject Denton & Reddish Weekly Newsletter
Date April 29, 2022 4:29 PM
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** Dear Constituent,
A very warm welcome to this week's edition of the Denton and Reddish weekly news. It's been a busy week, and there's lots to update you on.

A reminder that on Saturday the Reddish Worker Bee Market returns to Broadstone Mill. This is always a great day out, so scroll down to the community board to find out more.
Denton and Reddish continues to stand with the people of Ukraine.

I’m supporting the British Red Cross's humanitarian effort in Ukraine along with Team Denton South ([link removed]) (who set up the gofundme page) and Cllr Allison Gwynne ([link removed]) . Please donate if you can to the fundraising page.

We hope that every donation will in some way help the people of Ukraine at this extremely traumatic time.👇
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** Gwynne backs RNIB and LEGO 'Braille Bricks' scheme

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has backed LEGO’s and RNIB’s ‘Braille Bricks’ scheme, and joined calls from the charity to end the postcode lottery of provision for children with visual impairment.

The scheme comes alongside a new report ([link removed]) from the RNIB which calls on the Government to tackle the postcode lottery of specialist visual impairment Provision and ensure that there are enough specialists to provide the support children with visual impairment need. The ‘Still left for Learning’ report found that 39 per cent of local authorities in England have seen their vision impairment (VI) education service budgets cut or frozen over the last year.

The LEGO Braille Bricks concept is a play-based methodology that teaches braille to children who are blind or have a visual impairment. Each brick in the Braille Bricks toolkit retains its iconic form, but unlike a regular LEGO brick, the studs are arranged to correspond to numbers and letters in the Braille alphabet.

Over the last 18 months, RNIB has delivered training to almost 800 teaching professionals and distributed over 2,000 sets of the bricks.

Gwynne attended a Braille Bricks event in Parliament last week, where he was introduced to teachers and RNIB campaigners, and got to try out the innovative Braille Bricks.

Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:

“It was so great to learn more about LEGO Braille Bricks, and the incredible work that the RNIB and LEGO are doing to help children with Visual Impairment.

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of LEGO, so it was fantastic to see the bricks used in such an educational and engaging way.

For too many children with visual impairments, there is a postcode lottery on access to support and specialised learning. The Government must do more to ensure that no child with visual impairment is left behind.”

To find out more about LEGO Braille Bricks, click here ([link removed]) .

** Gwynne supports call for emergency cost of living budget

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is supporting calls for an emergency cost of living budget, as new figures reveal that Brits could spend £10bn extra annually on soaring petrol.

The Chancellor made a fuel duty cut the centre-piece of his plan to tackle the cost of-living crisis, but that cut has already swallowed up by huge rises in the price of petrol.

The figures come as oil and gas producers, including Shell and BP, took in billions of pounds in soaring profits, with BP claiming that it had “more money than we know what to do with”.

On top of this, working people across Denton and Reddish were hit with a tax hike in their pay packets this week after the Chancellor chose to raise national insurance. The Chancellor has raised taxes 15 times in total, costing families £1,060 this year alone.

The Labour Party today reiterated its call on the government to bring forward an emergency budget to tackle the Tory cost of living crisis. This would prioritise five measures including a one-off windfall tax on the soaring profits of oil and gas producers to help households through the crisis with up to £600 in support.

Labour would also ramp up home insulation, scrap the unfair National Insurance hike, and provide support for struggling businesses.

Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:

“People are really struggling. They are struggling with inflation, soaring petrol costs and rising fuel bills.

The Tories have responded by hammering working people across Denton and Reddish with an unfair tax hike, and withdrawing support for the most vulnerable people in society.

We urgently need the Government to step up, and set out an emergency budget to tackle the cost of living crisis.

It’s time we put money back into the pockets of working people”

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Andrew in the constituency


I was delighted to attend the Eucharist Service at Christ Church in Denton last Sunday, along with Councillor Allison Gwynne ([link removed]) , Councillor Mike Smith ([link removed]) , Councillor Brenda Warrington ([link removed]) and Councillor George Jones
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May Trill has given most of her life to Girlguiding ([link removed]) , and for the past 70 years she’s been a leader in various roles, including as District and Divisional Commissioner.

Now in her 90s, May continues to make a valuable contribution to Girlguiding whenever she can and recently helped Guides to complete a macramé plant pot task that had the younger leaders completely stumped.

May has a great ability to connect to young people and continues to be an inspiration to a new generation of Guides. The Award is for her lifelong contribution and commitment to the Guiding movement.

A very well deserved award. Thank you May! 👏🏻

** Denton West End Community Library's Spring Fair 📚

It was really lovely to drop in to Denton West End Community Library ([link removed]) ’s Outdoor Spring Fair with the Denton West Councillors last weekend.

It’s always nice to visit and chat to the brilliant library volunteers and to support their fundraising.
Was great to see Guide Dogs UK ([link removed]) there (yes, I got dog-snozzed) and Bloom At Leap ([link removed]) , a great social enterprise based at St Peter’s Partnerships in Ashton.

** The Albert Scholes Memorial Tournament 🌳

Last Sunday, it was a real privilege to present the winning trophy in the Albert Scholes Memorial Tournament.

Every year the Denton Park Social Club ([link removed]) runs this event in memory of former member Albert Scholes. As Club President I’m asked to present the prizes. This year’s winner was Faye Cunningham.

It was a great turnout and fine weather for another successful day of bowling on a perfect green in Victoria Park. Well done to all who participated and especially to Faye! 👏🏻

** A day out in Dane Bank with Cllr Mike Smith 🌹

I had a lovely morning over in Dane Bank last week, canvassing for the local elections back where it all started for me 26 years ago as a 21-year-old Labour council candidate in 1996…

It was a genuinely warm response for Councillor Mike Smith ([link removed]) , who I’m proud to call my friend as well as a colleague. He’s one of the most decent and solid people I know in politics.

He also works so hard for all the communities that make up Denton West, alongside Councillor Brenda Warrington ([link removed]) and Councillor George Jones ([link removed]) , in the Town Hall. If you live in Denton West he definitely deserves your support on May 5th.
Andrew in Parliament
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📺 WATCH: The Government has put in place motions to carry-over Bills into the next session that haven’t been completed. One such Bill is the HS2 Bill and I use the motion as an opportunity to lobby for an alternative to mothballing the Ashton Metrolink line.🚊
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📺 WATCH: In Westminster Hall I’m responding for Labour’s Frontbench in a debate on the Government’s strategy to get to a smoke-free England by 2030.

We're still waiting for the Tobacco Control Plan to be published and the time is ticking. Every year too many people still die prematurely by smoking-related conditions. And smoking is still the primary factor the gaping health inequalities in this country. 🚫 🚬 🚫
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📺 WATCH: Parliament at its best. We’ve had the debate on Childhood Cancer Outcomes which was sadly postponed from last week. 23 MPs from across the House spoke with one voice on this issue. Now let’s help to raise awareness and get more research and treatments for this cruel disease.
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📺 WATCH: We have an Urgent Question following the Prime Minister’s trade visit to India last week. The Prime Minister couldn’t be bothered to come and answer it. I ask about human rights abuses across India and Kashmir and whether special clauses on human rights would be included in the deal. An answer there was none.
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📺 WATCH: In too many parts of the world, including in Ukraine right now, sexual violence and rape is being used as a weapon of war. Not only is this abhorrent, these are war crimes. I ask the Government what we are doing with our allies to bring the perpetrators and their commanders to account.
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📺 WATCH: We have a debate in the Commons on the ongoing war in Ukraine. I ask the Foreign Secretary about the worrying change of strategy by Russia to landlock Ukraine by taking the southern coastal areas and also pushing into Transnistria, dragging Moldova into the conflict too. 🇬🇧 🇺🇦 🇲🇩
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📰 READ: Thank you to Tameside Reporter ([link removed]) for covering the presentation of one of my Citizen’s Awards to the wonderful May Trill, for 70 years service to Girlguiding ([link removed]) in Denton. Read the full story here ([link removed]) .⭐️ 👏🏻

📰 READ: A big thank you to the Portsmouth News ([link removed]) for covering the Parliamentary debate on Childhood cancer outcomes which I spoke at earlier this week.

MPs from across the House spoke about this issue, and all recognised the need to raise awareness and get more research and treatments for this awful disease. You can read the full story here. ([link removed])
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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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