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** Dear Constituent,
A warm welcome to this week's edition of the Denton and Reddish weekly news.
Tomorrow is Armed Forces Day, where we commemorate the incredible men and women who serve our country. We'll be honouring Britain's Armed Forces, past, present and future tomorrow in Victoria Park from 1-4pm. 🇬🇧
** The importance of Armed Forces Day
This Saturday, Tameside will join the nation in marking Armed Forces Day. I’m really pleased that, for the first time since 2019, our community will once again be able to gather to celebrate this important occasion.
Our armed forces personnel do so much for us, and it’s vital that we take time to recognise their service – both in the past, and in the present. Both my grandads served in the second world war, one as a navigator in the RAF and the other as a gunner in the Merchant Navy, so like many people in Tameside the military is part of my family history.
Tameside has a proud record of supporting the Armed Forces. In 2012, Tameside council were one of the first local authorities to sign the military covenant – a commitment to ensure that those who are serving or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly and given the respect they deserve.
Tameside’s commitment to the forces is in large part due to the work of the Tameside Armed Services Community. They have been helping Tameside to deliver on the Armed Forces Covenant, and ensuring that Tameside’s Armed Forces community is given the recognition it deserves.
From World War II to Afghanistan and Iraq, Tameside’s veterans have put their life on the line for us. Many people in Tameside will remember the tragic loss of Lance Corporal Andrew Breeze, who was killed in 2010 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
I was really pleased that in 2016 we were able to commemorate his life by naming a new road in Denton after him. The sacrifice of Andrew, and all other people from Tameside who have given their lives for our country, must never be forgotten.
This year, celebrations will once again be taking place in Victoria Park, Denton. I’m really looking forward to attending this year’s celebrations, and seeing all the activities and entertainment that will be on offer. I’m particularly looking forward to meeting the veterans, reservists and cadets who will be coming along.
In the year of the 40^th anniversary of the Falklands War, in which 225 servicemen died in order to give the Falkland Islanders the democracy and freedom they desired, it’s really important that we don’t forget the sacrifice that members of the Armed Forces continue to make for our country.
** Gwynne slams Tory dentistry crisis
180 children under the age of 11 across Tameside and Stockport were admitted to hospital for tooth extraction last year, new government figures show.
The new figures have been slammed by Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish and Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister. Labour have raised concerns that people are finding it increasingly difficult to get an NHS dentist, as 12 years of Tory mismanagement of the health service is seeing dentists quitting in droves.
2,000 dentists quit the NHS last year, around 10% of all dentists employed in England.
An estimated 4 million people can’t access NHS care, with some parts of the country now described as ‘dentistry deserts’, because remaining NHS dentists aren’t taking on new patients.
According to the British Dentistry Association, emergency teeth extractions are now the most common reason for children to go to hospital.
On Tuesday, Labour demanded that the Government acted and tabled a motion to be debated and voted on in the House of Commons, calling on Sajid Javid to bring forward a plan to ensure everyone who needs an NHS dentist can access one.
Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:
“Children across Tameside and Stockport are ending up in hospital because they can’t get the dental treatment they need, it is utterly shameful.
“The Conservative’s failure to fix this crisis is putting the oral health of children at increasing risk. Yet they don’t seem to want to do anything to sort it out.
This Government has run out excuses, it needs to get a grip and make sure that local children can be seen on time, and get the care that they deserve.
Wes Streeting MP, Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, added:
“What kind of country have we become, when children are forced to attend hospital to have their teeth removed?
“The Conservatives are overseeing an exodus of dentists from the NHS, leaving people who can’t afford to go private unable to get any care at all.
“The longer we give the Conservatives, the longer patients wait. Labour will put patients first and make sure they can be seen on time.”
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Andrew in the constituency
** Denton Methodist Church's Summer Fair 🧁
I briefly dropped in to Denton Methodist Church ([link removed]) ’s Summer Fair on the way to a Denton & Reddish Labour ([link removed]) Party meeting on Saturday. It was a church fair, so of course I had cake. I also had a hot dog. 🌭
A BIG thank you also to all the Friends of the Tame Valley ([link removed]) volunteers. I dropped off all the equipment for their community day on Saturday but my dreadful hayfever meant I was mostly confined to my house!
Andrew in Parliament
📺 WATCH: My full speech during yesterday's HS2 Crewe-Manchester Bill second reading.
The Government must work with Greater Manchester Combined Authority and local councils to make sure that HS2 is done right. It's proposal to mothball the Ashton-under-Lyne Metrolink line will cause huge disruption to people right across Tameside, and hamper economic growth.
It needs to get around the table with Transport for Greater Manchester ([link removed]) , and implement its sensible alternative approach which will keep the Metrolink running.
📺 WATCH: We have an Urgent Question on the ongoing Ukraine conflict and Britain and NATO’s military commitments. I ask about the fear Russia will seek to annex Transnistria in Moldova as part of this conflict and that Putin will hope the West gets bored of a long protracted conflict.
📺 WATCH: At Foreign Office Questions I come in on a question about support for Ukraine and the Ukrainian Government. I ask what support we are giving to help counter Russian disinformation, which is one front on Putin’s war both in Ukraine and across the west.
📺 WATCH: Today we've had a Westminster Hall Debate on the future of community pharmacies. I responded in my capacity as Shadow Minister for Public Health.
Community pharmacies do an extraordinary amount for local people, and we need to make sure that the Government supports the sector and equips it for the future.
📺 WATCH: At DEFRA Questions I come in on a question about plastic in wet wipes. I know the devastating impact wet wipes have on the River Tame, where the riverbank trees closest to Water Treatment Works are covered in them. I ask what action Ministers are taking on this.
📺 WATCH: As the Church of England is the Established Church, we occasionally get to ask Questions to the Church Commissioners. I come in on a question about the Homes for Ukraine scheme to praise the efforts of Christ Church, Denton’s June Partington ([link removed]) and others who are leading the support across Tameside. 🇺🇦 🇬🇧
📺 WATCH: At Business Questions I remind the Leader of the House that the next deadline for Levelling-up Fund bids is 6 July. Tameside Council is submitting a £15m bid for Denton which has my enthusiastic support. I ask if the Secretary of State is making a Statement on the timescales for bid decisions so I can champion Denton.
📺 WATCH: Today we have a Backbench Business Debate on the impact of Covid-19 on people with heart and circulatory diseases. I respond in my capacity as Shadow Public Health Minister.
There are now 319,000 people who are on waiting lists for cardiovascular care.
That is absolutely unacceptable, yet the Government still hasn't outlined a workforce strategy or a plan to address this crisis.
The longer we give the Tories, the longer we wait.
📺 WATCH: The Speaker has granted an Urgent Question on the 200 British Council contractors still stuck in Afghanistan and who are at risk of death if captured by the Taliban. The Government has announced an entirely inadequate application scheme. I ask about the wisdom and logistics of this, given we know who these people are (they worked for us!)
Andrew in the media
📰 READ: Great media coverage of my wet wipes “Nightmare Before Christmas” question to DEFRA Ministers yesterday. It’s funny how sometimes what you say in the Commons makes people sit up and take notice. ‼️
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📸 Oh, and here is Exhibit A - the River Tame at Jet Amber Fields, Denton, opposite from the Dukinfield Water Treatment Works!
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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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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