From Andrew Gwynne MP <[email protected]>
Subject Denton & Reddish Weekly Newsletter
Date September 11, 2020 4:23 PM
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** Dear Constituent,

After a few weeks' break, here's your latest edition of Denton and Reddish Weekly News.

The Covid infection rate is increasing across the country, so please take extra care. This is the full Government guidance for Greater Manchester:
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Take care and stay safe.
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** Gwynne welcomes Northern Trains u-turn

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has welcomed the decision by Northern to reverse their plans to temporarily stop all services on the Rose Hill Marple – Manchester Piccadilly line.

Northern Rail had previously advised that the service would be suspended on a ‘temporary basis’ from early September to mid December 2020, which would have seen no trains at all stopping at Fairfield Station in Audenshaw.

Gwynne worked with fellow MPs William Wragg (Conservative, Hazel Grove) and Jonathan Reynolds (Labour, Stalybridge and Hyde) to try to get the decision reversed, as well as Audenshaw’s three councillors (Oliver Ryan, Teresa Smith and Charlotte Martin) and Stockport’s transport lead Cllr David Meller.

During an adjournment debate this evening, secured by Wragg, Transport Minister Chris Heaton-Harris announced that from the beginning of half-term on 26 October, Northern intends to introduce a temporary 90-minute interval service from Rose Hill to Manchester via Fairfield across the day and ending in the evening.

The intention is still to return to the full service at normal levels in December.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“Whilst we would all like to have seen an immediate return to the full service, this is very welcome news for many of my constituents who rely on this service.

“I am particularly happy that trains will continue to call at Fairfield Station, in my constituency, but the Rose Hill to Manchester service is also important for those in Haughton Green who use Hyde Central station. Temporary closure would also have caused extra pressure on the line through Reddish North, which has thankfully been avoided.

“This was a great example of cross-party working and I’m sure that we will all be monitoring the situation closely to ensure that Northern resumes a full service from mid-December as promised.”

** Gwynne supports new arena in East Manchester

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has written to Manchester City Council in support of plans for a new arena on the Etihad Campus in East Manchester.

If the arena gets planning permission, it will be the largest indoor arena in the UK with capacity for 23,500 people. It could host around 120 music and sports events per year.

It is expected to create more than 3000 jobs, involving 70 companies. There will be training for 100 apprentices and trainees, encompassing 2,800 apprenticeship and trainee weeks during the construction.

The arena would be the latest stage of the regeneration of East Manchester, which began apace with the Velodrome and 2000 Olympic bid, the successful 2002 Commonwealth Games, and Manchester City FC moving to the area and developing the campus.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“I am strongly in favour of the proposal for a new indoor arena in East Manchester.

“Not only would it attract business and exciting live events to the city region, but people living in areas adjoining East Manchester – such as west Tameside – would also benefit from the many new jobs created.

“These are exciting plans and I hope that the arena gets the go-ahead.”

** Gwynne presents award to library volunteer for lockdown activity packs

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has presented a Citizen’s Award to Christine Ingham of Denton West End Community Library in recognition of her work during the lockdown.

Christine is a volunteer at the library on Windsor Road who worked alone, to ensure social distancing, during the lockdown to put together activity packs for local children.

Putting the packs together was a very time-consuming packs but proved immensely popular with children, whilst providing much needed support to parents who are struggling to entertain their children. Some people came from as far away as Ashton to pick up one of the packs, which were left outside for collection.

The award was presented outside Denton West End Community Library by Gwynne and Tameside Council Leader Brenda Warrington, who is also Councillor for Denton West.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“I was delighted to present this award to Christine in recognition of all her hard work over lockdown.

“We all remember well how difficult a time the full lockdown was; through putting together these activity packs, Christine made this easier for many families in the area by giving stuff for kids to do.

“This award is very well-deserved and I’m also very grateful for all the work that Christine and the other volunteers have been doing to keep the library open and running.”

Councillor Brenda Warrington said:

“Denton West End Community Library plays such an important role in the local community and Christine’s amazing work during lockdown really highlights this.

“I’d like to congratulate Christine on this award and thank everyone at the library for all the brilliant work they do for our community.”

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Andrew in the constituency

Dropped by the constituency office this week and it’s great to see the progress on Denton’s newest bar and restaurant, The Post Room (in the old Post Office). Looking forward to it opening on 1st October. See website: [link removed] ([link removed])

I’m proud to be the President of Denton Park Social Club, who are based at Victoria Park. Sunday was their annual memorial game for the Albert Scholes Trophy. Well done to all who took part.


Earlier today, I presented a Citizen’s Award to Dukinfield resident, Louise Parkes.

Louise is a personal trainer who‘s set up an online support network ‘Strength & Soul’, providing people with the motivation to keep a positive, healthy mind.

Well done Louise!
Andrew in Parliament
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📺 WATCH: Following recent demonstrations the Government are suggesting introducing time-consuming new laws.

I agree with the former Attorney General: we’ve enough laws already to both defend the democratic right to protest AND to ensure they are peaceful with full respect for the law, we just need those laws enforcing.
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📺 WATCH: I had the first question after the Northern Ireland Secretary had admitted that the Government plans to break international law.

Our government has no room to lecture rogue countries who ignore the international rules-based system.

The government’s latest proposals on the Northern Ireland Protocol jeopardise both the Good Friday Agreement and the Withdrawal Agreement - two international treaties. Why should anyone trust us ever again as a country?
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📺 WATCH: At Business Questions yesterday, I raised the issue of the Rose Hill-Piccadilly line temporary closure.

Later the same day, the Minister confirmed the plans to reverse the temporary closure. A great result for the local community!
Andrew in the media

I spoke to the New Statesman for a piece on "Long Covid". I'm glad I have a platform to share my experience, as many thousands are suffering from this condition without the opportunity to raise awareness.

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Community Board
🏉 Aldwinians RUFC in Audenshaw are fundraising to raise £10,000 to fix the clubhouse roof.

They’re a great hub in the local community, and do some great work with young people, so if you can support them, please do!

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