GWYNNE DISAPPOINTED BY ‘THREADBARE’ SPEECH

graphicDenton and Reddish MP,  Andrew Gwynne, has expressed his disappointment at today’s Queen’s Speech which was prepared by the Tory minority government.

A Queen’s Speech should set out the Government’s agenda for the Parliamentary session, to provide an opportunity for the winning party to turn their manifesto pledges into law.

However, the General Election on June 8th stripped Theresa May of an overall majority in Parliament meaning she is unable to govern without the support of MPs from other political parties.  The Prime Minister has desperately attempted to form a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland, but up to today, this has not been agreed meaning that many key manifesto plans have either been axed or delayed, leaving a very thin legislative programme going forward.

The Prime Minister stated the Parliamentary session opened by the Queen today will last for two years, consequently, there will be no Queen’s Speech setting out a further agenda next year.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“The Tories’ Queen’s Speech is a threadbare document from a weak and wobbly Prime Minister. It shows that the Conservatives are unable to put together a proper programme for government. All they promise is more austerity and cuts to vital public services.

“Theresa May has already dropped flagship commitments made during the election campaign. From social care to grammar schools, from cuts to Winter Fuel Payments to attacks on pensions, policies have now been shelved because she just cannot guarantee getting them through Parliament.

“The Queen’s speech is intended to bring stability and clarity to the country but I cannot imagine families up and down the country are feeling stable or secure after today’s speech.

“Labour will use all Parliamentary procedures to put forward our popular policies from the General Election manifesto and challenge other MPs to support us.  We will continue to hold this Government to account for as long as they cling on to power by a thread, and we stand ready to provide the UK the leadership and change in direction we need should the Tories lose the confidence of Parliament.”

Gwynne urges women to attend cervical screening to prevent cervical cancer

WhatsApp Image 2017-06-15 at 15.31.51Newly re-elected Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has today thrown his support behind the campaign to support Cervical Screening Awareness Week, running from the 12-18 June.

The campaign urges all women to attend their cervical screening appointment when invited, without delay.

Cervical cancer currently claims two lives every day in the UK and it is the most common cancer in women under 35. Cervical screening prevents up to 75% of cervical cancers yet the number of women attending is at a 19- year low in England and one in four women do not attend their screening appointment.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“Cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives in the UK each year yet many women don’t understand the importance of attending screening regularly.

“During Cervical Screening Awareness Week I want to encourage women to talk to their friends, mothers and daughters about the steps they can take to reduce their risk of cervical cancer.  It’s such an important five-minute test that really could save your life.”

Robert Music, Chief Executive of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said:

“We cannot afford to see cervical screening attendance fall any further. Diagnoses of cervical cancer in the UK are worryingly high and will only increase if more women don’t attend screening.

“We want to encourage women to look after their health, including the health of their cervix and that means attending cervical screening. By not attending, women are significantly increasing their risk of a life-threatening disease.”

Find out more about Cervical Screening Awareness Week at: www.jostrust.org.uk/csaw

Gwynne promoted to Labour’s frontbench as Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

WhatsApp Image 2017-06-15 at 10.33.14Newly re-elected Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has been promoted to the role of Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in Labour’s Shadow Cabinet reshuffle.

In February 2017 Gwynne was promoted by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to head up Labour’s general election campaign, alongside close friend, Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck in Northumberland.

After what was widely considered a strong campaign which saw the Labour Party gain over 3 million more votes compared to 2015, as well as gaining 30 seats from across all parts of the UK, Gwynne will return to the Shadow Cabinet as the new communities and local government secretary.

In light of the fragility of the current Conservative administration which will be reliant on support from Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, Gwynne was asked to remain as Labour’s co-National Campaign and Elections Coordinator, alongside Ian Lavery MP.

Before being elected as the Member of Parliament for the Denton and Reddish constituency, Gwynne served for 12 years as a Labour Councillor on Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council between 1996 and 2008, representing the Denton West Ward.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“I was absolutely delighted to be asked by the Leader to take up the role of Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in the Shadow Cabinet.

“With the instability of the Conservative Party at present I have also been asked to stay on, alongside my good friend Ian Lavery, as co-National Campaign and Elections Coordinator.

“I can’t wait to take the fight to the Tories and bring down this weak government, we will finish the job we started!”

Rise in prices a concern for Gwynne as inflation nears 3%

WhatsApp Image 2017-06-13 at 14.32.52Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has slammed Theresa May’s competence as the Office for National Statistics confirmed that a fall in the value of the pound as well as a rise in import costs has seen the inflation rate rise to 2.9%, the highest since June 2013, and above the Bank of England’s 2% target.

The Office for National Statistics[1] confirmed that the recent rise in the price of clothing, food and electronic items contributed to the inflation rise. Coupled with the recent dramatic fall in the in the value of the pound which saw a rise in the cost of imports which has increased the costs of goods at a higher than expected rate.

The fall in the value of the pound began in the wake of the Brexit referendum, which has been one of the key factors behind the rise in inflation. Crucially however, increases in wages have consistently not kept up with inflation.

Recent data released by the Office for National Statistics showed that average weekly earnings, excluding bonuses, increased by only 2.1% in the three months to March.[2]

 Andrew Gwynne said:

“The Tories claim to be strong and stable, but these latest figures show they’re losing grip of the nation’s finances.

“As inflation continues to rise the economy will suffer as prices rise, this will impact particularly on the elderly and the young as prices continue to outstrip wages.”

[1] https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationandpriceindices/bulletins/consumerpriceinflation/may2017

[2] https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours

GWYNNE RE-ELECTED AS DENTON AND REDDISH MP

Screen Shot 2017-06-09 at 20.16.55Labour candidate, Andrew Gwynne has been re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Denton & Reddish, with 25,161 votes, taking the seat with a majority of 14,077 votes.

The General Election on 8th June saw a 61% turnout in Denton and Reddish, with Gwynne taking 63.5% of the total votes cast. Gwynne increased his majority over that attained in 2015 by 12.7%.

Throughout the General Election campaign, Gwynne held the post of Labour’s National Election and Campaign Coordinator, alongside Ian Lavery. Helping shape a long and positive campaign, and actively encouraging young people and those who previously hadn’t voted to use their democratic rights.

Gwynne’s campaign focused on positivity and optimism for the local community. The Denton and Reddish candidate pledged:

  • Securing the best outcome for the 1950s-born WASPI women who are suffering because of state-pension age equalisation. And continue the pledge, keeping the triple-lock guarantee for all pensioners
  • Defending our police front line and keeping our streets safe
  • Raising school standards and building a health and social care service that works for everyone in Tameside and Stockport
  • Fighting for the best possible Brexit deal, both in Britain and Denton & Reddish
  • Protecting the Tame Valley and Reddish Vale greenbelt

After the count, Gwynne said:

“When you consider where Labour was at the start of this campaign – 25 per cent behind the Conservatives – it is remarkable,

“We’ve run a positive campaign, a campaign of hope and opportunity and one that has engaged young people and people who previously haven’t voted.

“I’m humbled that the people of Denton & Reddish have elected me to represent you for the next 5 years. I will fight every day for the very best for our area.”

Gwynne will be sworn in and resume sitting as Denton and Reddish’s voice in Parliament on the week commencing Monday 12th June.

Gwynne backs pledges for Greater Manchester Women

WhatsApp Image 2017-06-02 at 12.15.57Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Denton and Reddish, Andrew Gwynne, has today given his support to the five pledges for Greater Manchester Women, created by the DivaManc group.

The group, which aims to encourage women to play a role in shaping the region’s future, worked in partnership with the Fawcett Society and held nine months of conversations with women across the region to create the pledges. These pledges were underpinned by the Fawcett Society’s own manifesto[1], bringing together their recommendations on Women in Greater Manchester.

The pledges call for:

  1. Gender-balanced leadership and representation across Greater Manchester.
  2. Women and men to equally participate in and contribute to policy making.
  3. Challenge conscious and unconscious bias against women across public, private and voluntary sectors.
  4. Close the gender pay gap.
  5. Make Greater Manchester a place of choice for women and girls to live, work, study and care.

The pledges have already been endorsed by Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.

With its roots dating back to 1866, when Millicent Garrett Fawcett dedicated her life to the peaceful campaign for women’s suffrage, today the organisation is one of the UK’s leading charities promoting gender equality and women’s rights at work, at home and in public life.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“I’m delighted to be supporting these pledges, put forward by the DivaManc group in partnership with the Fawcett Society.

“It’s important, now, more than ever, that we support initiatives to get women more involved in the wider policy process, as well as addressing gender bias across the public, private and voluntary sectors.”

[1] https://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Fawcett-General-Election-Manifesto.pdf

Rail passengers £1,000 better off under Labour

WhatsApp Image 2017-06-01 at 11.27.49Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Denton and Reddish, Andrew Gwynne, has welcomed the Labour Party’s proposals for Britain’s railways which will save average rail passengers up to £1000 per year.

Labour will cap regulated fare rises at the Consumer Price Index (CPI), using the money saved through bringing rail franchises back into public ownership. As more services come into public ownership, greater amounts of savings become available, and Labour will aim to introduce further fare caps or reductions.

The plans outlined by Labour also promise:

  • That the next Labour Government will put rail passengers first by putting the brakes on rapidly increasing rail fares and saving commuters £1,014 on their season tickets
  • Under a Labour Government, passengers will on average save £1,014 on their rail season tickets over the next parliament, compared to the potential cost under a Tory Government.

Since 2010, regulated rail fares have risen by 27.1%[1], increasing the average cost of a season ticket by £594.

The 2015 Conservative manifesto included a commitment to keeping rail fares frozen in real terms. However, regulated fares were capped at the Retail Price Index (RPI), which consistently over estimates inflation, rather than the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Andrew Gwynne said:

“Since 2010 rail prices have kept going up, yet services have failed to meet demand right across the country.

 “Labour’s ambitious programme for government will put rail commuters first. We will put the brakes on increasing rail fares, saving season ticket holders upwards of £1000 a year.”

 

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/jan/02/rail-fares-train-operators-accused-of-milking-the-system-as-rises-kick-in

Gwynne pledges commitment to school leaders campaign

WhatsApp Image 2017-05-22 at 13.14.02.jpegLabour’s Parliamentary candidate for Denton and Reddish, Andrew Gwynne, has today pledged his support for school leaders top priorities for education.

Gwynne has signed up to the five priorities campaign led by the NAHT (National Association of Head Teachers), a professional association and trade union for school leaders. Chief amongst the priorities is a commitment to reverse the real terms cuts schools are facing.

The pledges include plans:

  1. To fund education fully and fairly, reversing the £3bn real terms cuts that schools are facing and providing enough money to make the new national funding formula a success.
  2. To put forward a national strategy for teacher recruitment and retention that recognises teachers as high-status professionals and guarantees enough teachers for every school.
  3. To adopt fair methods to hold schools to account, recognising that test and exam results are only part of the picture when judging a pupil’s success or a school’s effectiveness.
  4. To value a broad range of subjects in the school day so that pupils’ opportunities are not limited and they are properly prepared for adult life.
  5. To make sure that schools are supported by health and social care services to allow schools to fulfil their role to promote pupil wellbeing rather than making up for cuts to other services.

This campaigns comes several months after it was revealed that almost every primary and secondary school in the country will see schools lose funding from central government due to begin in 2018, including schools from Audenshaw, Denton, Dukinfield, Reddish and the Heatons.[1]

Andrew Gwynne said:

“This is an important campaign in light of the school cuts across the board.

“Reversing the £3bn real terms cuts put through by the Tories’ is essential. We have to provide schools with enough money to make the new national funding formula a success.”

Russell Hobby, General Secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT said:

“School leaders are clear that they want the next government to focus on the top priorities within education. We need a clear focus on getting the basics right: enough money, a supply of well-qualified teachers, a broad curriculum, support to care for a child’s mental and physical well being, and an accountability system that is fair to both schools and pupils. We welcome the support Andrew Gwynne has given to these key priorities.”

[1] http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/

Gwynne backs Labour pledge for increase in grassroots football funding

WhatsApp Image 2017-05-29 at 12.19.36Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Denton and Reddish, Andrew Gwynne, has backed the Labour Party’s manifesto commitment to ensure five per cent of the Premier League’s domestic and international television rights income is diverted to the grassroots game.

The pledge will help the next generation of players and coaches by drastically improving facilities and pitches across the country.

Labour have also committed to working with train operating companies, broadcasters and clubs to develop a new ‘Flexible Football Ticket’ so that fans experience minimal disruption when games are inevitably switched over the course of a season.

This will stop fans being left with worthless train tickets and having to fork out again for new tickets when games are re-arranged at short notice.

Labour’s manifesto also commits to:

  • Put fans at the heart of their clubs – by legislating for accredited supporters trusts to be able to appoint and remove at least two club directors and to purchase shares when clubs change hands. We will also review fan participation in sports governance more widely
  • Fix the broken ticketing market – by enforcing anti-bot legislation and implementing the recommendations of the Waterson review to ensure fair opportunities for fans to buy tickets
  • Improve access provision for disabled sports fans – by ensuring that rapid improvements are made and by prioritising action to make clubs comply with obligations under the 2010 Equality Act
  • Ensure that investment and support is given to grassroots women’s football so as many women and girls as possible can benefit from participating in football.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“The English Premiere League is the wealthiest football league in the world by some distance, and it’s time football supporters got a fairer deal in terms of tickets, fan participation and flexible train tickets.

“Labour will ensure the footballing talent of young girls and boys is harnessed, and football is a game for the many, not the few”.

Postal Votes arrive ahead of General Election

PV.jpgLabour’s Parliamentary candidate for Denton and Reddish, Andrew Gwynne, has encouraged those receiving postal votes to use their vote ahead of the general election, taking place on Thursday June 8.

If you are a postal voter then your ballot will be arriving through your letterbox over the coming days.

To vote for Andrew Gwynne follow these steps:

  1. Place a mark by Andrew Gwynne, your Labour candidate for Denton and Reddish.
  2. Fold the ballot paper and place it in the smaller envelope, provided in the pack, and seal the envelope.
  3. Sign the declaration form and and fill in your date of birth, to confirm that you are the registered voter. (Your signature and date of birth will be checked against the specimen provided on your original postal vote application form, to help prevent fraud).
  4. Put both the signed declaration form and the the envelope containing your ballot paper into the larger return envelope.