From Andrew Gwynne MP <[email protected]>
Subject Denton & Reddish Weekly Newsletter
Date October 2, 2020 3:55 PM
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** Dear Constituent,

Here's your latest edition of Denton and Reddish Weekly News.

As local restrictions continue in both Tameside and Stockport, I've collected together some information that I hope you will find useful:
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Take care and stay safe.
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** Time for a rethink, Rishi!

Along with many others, I was pushing for the Government to announce a replacement for furlough when that comes to an end on 31 October. I was initially pleased, therefore, when Chancellor Rishi Sunak finally announced a “Winter Economic Plan” last week. Better late than never, I thought. And don’t get me wrong – the measures that he announced are better than if he’d done nothing, but they are so far from being adequate. In fact, unless the Government improves this package urgently, I fear we could see mass unemployment and whole industries decimated. This might sound like I’m over-exaggerating. I really wish that I was.

The Chancellor and the Prime Minister have both been clear that furlough couldn’t last forever, and this is obviously true. But instead of tailoring furlough, they’re replacing it with a scheme that is vastly less generous and aims only to save businesses that are “viable”. The problem is that it appears that by “viable”, they actually mean “viable during lockdown” (and let’s not forget that there are likely to be more local lockdowns over the next few months).

As we all know, there are thousands of businesses across the country which will be viable as soon as all measures are lifted, but currently aren’t. Whole industries are included in this, including the nightlife, events and creative arts sectors but also to a lesser extent, things like hospitality, sports and beauty. The Government abandoning so many businesses and so many workers like this is appalling.

Then we have the self-employed, who will see their support slashed. And still there is absolutely nothing for the three million excluded from all support, such as freelancers. I and many others have been calling for action for the self-employed for months, but sadly these calls have fallen on deaf ears. Yet more livelihoods at risk because of the Government’s incompetence.

Finally, I am very concerned that these schemes will undermine efforts to keep us safe from the virus. The lockdown measures that are necessary to slow the spread of Covid are what make businesses and jobs “unviable” in the Government’s terminology. Furlough was a good way of limiting the damage of these measures on people’s livelihoods. Withdrawing economic support while lockdown measures remain is disastrous for public support for the restrictions needed to keep us safe.

I think the Government will eventually realise their mistake on support measures, but people facing losing their jobs or businesses just can’t wait – the Chancellor needs to act now!

** Gwynne and Denton South councillors demand Tame Valley meeting

Today (Wednesday), Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne and Denton South Councillors George Newton, Claire Reid and Jack Naylor have written to Stockport Council Leader Cllr Elise Wilson demanding she meets with them in the Tame Valley to see first-hand the devastation her council’s plans will have.

Stockport Council are planning to extend the Bredbury Industrial Estate deep in to the Tame Valley right up to the river border with Tameside. The Denton South Councillors and Andrew Gwynne MP are furious with the proposals which will have “devastating consequences” for Haughton Dale Local Nature Reserve and the wider Tame Valley.

The MP and Denton South Councillors are today:
* Demanding Cllr Wilson meets with them in the Tame Valley to see first-hand the devastation her council’s plans will have
* Urging Stockport Councillors to vote to withdraw the proposed Bredbury Industrial Estate extension from the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework
* Reaffirming their commitment to fight this proposal every step of the way

Cllr George Newton, also speaking on behalf of Cllr Jack Naylor and Cllr Claire Reid, said:

“This major development will have a devastating impact on local biodiversity, air quality and access to green space. This reckless proposal must be withdrawn.”

Andrew Gwynne said:

“The Tame Valley is precious to both Stockport and Tameside people. Its creation into a linear countryside park stretching from Saddleworth to Stockport was the former Greater Manchester Council’s gift to the area in the 1970s.

“Its destruction will be Stockport Council’s legacy if these plans aren’t dumped now.”

** Gwynne encourages constituents to donate children’s pyjamas for hospitals

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is encouraging constituents to donate children’s pyjamas to local hospitals.

This is an initiative of the charity Children’s Hospital Pyjamas, set up by Charmaine Green, when her daughter, Nevaeh, was treated for cancer ten years ago.

Whilst the charity initially collected toys for young patients, they found that hospitals were in short supply of pyjamas for children to wear rather than hospital gowns.

Last year 12,202 pairs were donated and distributed to 62 hospitals, hospices and refuges.

For hospitals to accept the pyjamas, they must fit these guidelines:
* They must be brand new
* Preferably sealed but not wrapped, as the hospitals will have to check them
* Please avoid Christmas pyjamas, as hospitals will use these all year round
* Please avoid fleecy pyjamas, as hospitals are often quite warm
* Boys & Girls, Newborn to age 18 (young adult).

The collection runs from now until 6th December, after which they will be delivered to the hospitals.

This year the charity is collecting in Greater Manchester, with pyjamas to be distributed at Tameside General Hospital, MRI Hospital For Children and Stepping Hill Hospital.

There are currently collection points at Blooms and Balloons (Haughton Green Road, Denton) and Karma Hair and Beauty (Rupert Street, Reddish), with more to be added soon. You can also arrange a collection by emailing [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .

Andrew Gwynne said:

“This is a fantastic initiative, which I fully support.

“Being poorly in hospital is difficult for anybody, but can be particularly difficult for children. Having nice new pyjamas rather than a hospital gown makes this just a bit easier.

“I’m delighted that Children’s Hospital Pyjamas is now collecting for Greater Manchester hospitals and would encourage everyone to make donations if they are able to.”

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Andrew in the constituency

Not quite in the constituency, but it was great to visit the new Laurus Ryecroft High School. It’s several years since I met Linda Magrath and Martin Vevers at Cheadle Hulme High School in Stockport about their plans to open a school in Tameside. Thanks to for inviting me today. It’s brilliant!

This week, I also went into Manchester to join a socially-distanced demonstration outside Debenhams with Usdaw and Gorton MP Afzal Khan to show my solidarity for the 6,500 employees (110 at the Manchester store) who were sacked illegally with just three days notice and pay.

Awful and unacceptable treatment.

It’s that time of year again when I need a photograph for my 2020 Christmas Card...

So far I’ve featured

• Reddish Vale in the snow
• St Lawrence’s Church, Denton
• St Elisabeth’s Church, Reddish
• Haughton Dale in the snow

Do you have another suitable wintry shot of Audenshaw, Denton, Dukinfield, Reddish and the Heatons that I can use?

Please send your snaps to [email protected]

By Friday 23 October

Thank you! 🎄
Andrew in Parliament

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📺 WATCH: The Government has announced a new adult skills strategy for England. I asked Education Secretary Gavin Williamson how this fits with Greater Manchester’s devolved employment budget and plans. The answer seems it isn’t.
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📺 WATCH: At this week’s Home Affairs Select Committee we are continuing our inquiry into Migration and Channel crossings.

We have representatives from the UN High Commission for Refugees before us today. As ever we divvy up the questions and I’m asking specifically about the international law of the sea and also the issue of claiming in the “first safe country”. Of course that arrangement ends for the UK in January once the transition period ends, unless Britain rejoins the Dublin III EU agreement.

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🪂 AGGGGH - thanks to my colleague Valerie Vaz MP for reminding me (and the House of Commons) that I’m about to jump 15,000 feet out of a plane for Fundraising for Florence ([link removed]) .

Thanks also to the Leader of the House, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP for his best wishes.

You can sponsor us all here 👇🏻
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Andrew in the media
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📻 LISTEN: For anyone who missed this on Saturday on Tameside Radio, here's the full interview that Jenny Croce, Massimino Malacrino and I did which was aired last weekend.

There's less than a week to go until I throw myself out of a plane to raise funds for six-year-old Florence who has a rare life-limiting genetic condition, GM1.

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📰 READ: In an article for Labour List, I reflected on the Coronavirus pandemic and Keir Starmer's leadership of the Labour Party.

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📰 READ: The Manchester Evening News picked up on the letter that I sent with the Denton South councillors to Stockport Council, asking for an urgent meeting on the proposed Bredbury expansion.

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Florence is a beautiful 6-year-old girl from my constituency with a very rare, life-limiting genetic condition called GM1. On Sunday, I’m going to leap 15,000 feet for her.

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