Jonathan Reynolds MP

Campaigning for the communities of Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, Longdendale, and Dukinfield

Jonny_archery.JPG On Saturday, I had the pleasure of visiting Stalybridge Archery Club which has been successful in  securing a share of the £10 million of National Lottery Funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities  Fund. During my visit, I met Paul Carney, Committee Member for the club, Milan Koria, Chair of the  club and Margaret Shorrock, who runs the vibrant junior club. I even had-a-go and managed to hit the  target few times!

 Since 2011, Inspired Facilities has been helping to breathe new life into community sports facilities  and improve existing venues for grassroots sport.

 The archery club will receive the funding to upgrade of their facilities at Cheethams Park (Mottram  Road entrance) in Stalybridge. The improvements will include the installation of modern toilet facilities,  making the grounds safer and more accessible, levelling the range and shooting areas and increased parking and security.

I believe this award by Sport England is fantastic news for the club. It has a long tradition in the town stretching nearly 60 years with members holding regional and national records, and the vibrant Junior Club regularly achieving great results at the highest level.

This investment will help ensure that Stalybridge Archery Club is at the heart of the local sports community for years to come, creating the champions of the future.

If you would like to find out more about the club or wish to join, then please visit www.stalybridgearcheryclub.co.uk

 

Jonathan is pictured with Margaret Shorrock from Stalybridge Archery club.

Stalybridge Archery Club on target for success.

 On Saturday, I had the pleasure of visiting Stalybridge Archery Club which has been successful in  securing a share of the £10 million of National Lottery Funding from Sport England’s...

USDAW.jpg Recently, I attended an Usdaw lobby of Parliament to oppose the Government’s proposal  to devolve Sunday trading regulations.

 Usdaw members, who work in retail, met with MPs to explain how extended opening in  large stores will lead to even more retail staff being pressured to work longer hours on  Sundays, which is why over 90% of shopworkers oppose any extension to Sunday trading  hours.

 The Sunday Trading Act is a great British compromise, which has worked well for over 20  years and gives everyone a little bit of what they want. Retailers can trade, customers  can shop, staff can work; whilst Sunday remains a special day, different to other days,  and shopworkers can spend some time with their family.

 I am convinced that shops are currently open long enough for people to do their shopping  and that Sunday should remain a special day, different to any other. I oppose devolving  Sunday trading because it will lead to longer opening hours. 

 I believe that Extending Sunday trading does not mean customers have more money to spend, it would not create jobs and is likely to lead to the closure of smaller stores. So this is not a way to boost the local economy or help town centres. It would be detrimental to shopworkers and their families, as well as wider society, so I am pleased to be supporting Usdaw’s campaign.

John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary who was also at the event said Usdaw members are delighted to have the support of MPs in valuing the special nature of Sunday and want to protect it.  There is no great desire from shopworkers, customers, retailers or local authorities for these changes and many oppose them. We fear that devolution of Sunday trading is a solution looking for a problem.

Mr Hannett said it is not yet clear whether the Government will seek to introduce legislation, but if they do I hope that they will abide by their promise of a proper consultation and a full parliamentary process. That would mean publication of the consultation responses and a considered reply from the Government, demonstrating that they have listened, before the introduction of any legislation to change Sunday trading.

Keep Sunday Special

 Recently, I attended an Usdaw lobby of Parliament to oppose the Government’s proposal  to devolve Sunday trading regulations.  Usdaw members, who work in retail, met with MPs to explain how...


defib.jpg It was great to be in Newton on Saturday (3rd October) to unveil Hyde's first lifesaving heart  defibrillator, installed outside Muscle Freaks Gym, opposite St Mary's Church.

 This was all part of a family Fun Day & Barbeque which included Tombola, Raffles, a CPR training  demonstration and a Bouncy Castle and an Air Juggling machine, along with a visit from  firefighters  from Hyde Fire Station.

 You can read the full story on the Hyde Community Matters website  here: http://www.hydecommunitymatters.com/hydes-first-lifesaving-heart-defibrillator- unveiled/

Hyde's first defibrillator unveiled

 It was great to be in Newton on Saturday (3rd October) to unveil Hyde's first lifesaving heart  defibrillator, installed outside Muscle Freaks Gym, opposite St Mary's Church.  This was all...

StalyVegas_station.jpgToday I met with the Transport Minister, Andrew Jones MP, to discuss the delay in the electrification of the TransPennine rail line through Stalybridge and Mossley. I requested this meeting at a previous session of Transport Questions in the House of Commons.

Andrew Jones assured me that the Government remains committed to the project, and the Hendy Review into the work is designed to get a grip on all aspects of the scheme (including costs) but is not seeking to scrap it. It will however cover more than just the electrification work, but other engineering work on the line too. It should report around November this year.

The Government could not give me a time scale for the likely completion of the electrification work, but did say that new rolling stock in the franchise bids is not dependent on electrification happening. This means that before the new franchises start in April 2016, we should have an indication of what new trains we are getting.

I remain deeply frustrated at this delay, but I appreciated the chance to seek further clarity and commitment from the Government on this vital project.

Meeting with Transport Minister

Today I met with the Transport Minister, Andrew Jones MP, to discuss the delay in the electrification of the TransPennine rail line through Stalybridge and Mossley. I requested this meeting...

Commenting on the news that the Manchester Piccadilly to Hadfield and Glossop via Hattersley rail route is to lose rolling stock, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said:

“Yet again rail commuters in the North are losing out, this time seeing rolling stock going to the West Midlands. This loss of trains will hit commuters at numerous stations in Hyde who rely on this route in order to get to work in Manchester City Centre.

This is yet another example in a series of announcements in recent months that have hit rail infrastructure in the North, and which make a mockery of this Government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ agenda. I will be writing to the Transport Secretary to find out what plans he has in place to replace the trains we will lose.”

You can view the full story on the BBC News website here.

My response to proposed train cuts for vital commuter rail route

Commenting on the news that the Manchester Piccadilly to Hadfield and Glossop via Hattersley rail route is to lose rolling stock, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said: “Yet again...

The Transport Secretary yesterday (Thursday 16th July) confirmed to me during Transport Questions in Parliament plans for a rail and road study into the technical feasibility, benefits and impacts of constructing a tunnel under the Peak District, connecting Manchester and Sheffield.

Patrick McLoughlin has recently written to all 28 MP’s affected by the TransPennine schemes, and I was seeking confirmation that the possibility of a tunnel was being considered, and that this would be in addition to the Mottram by-pass announced before the election.

The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin has recently written to all 28 MP’s affected by the TransPennine schemes, and Mr Reynolds was seeking confirmation that the possibility of a tunnel was being considered, and that this would be in addition to the Mottram by-pass announced before the election.

I believe that one of the most important decisions in the previous Parliament was the decision to proceed with the Mottram Bypass, something I have campaigned for since I was first elected. A number of issues still need to be resolved however, once of which being the feasibility of building a new tunnel under the Pennines, so I am pleased this is being looked at.

I will continue to press the Government to make sure they deliver on their promise, including when I meet the Transport Minister after the summer.

You can watch a video of my question and the answer here, and read the full text here.

Transport Minister confirms plans to look at Peak District tunnels

The Transport Secretary yesterday (Thursday 16th July) confirmed to me during Transport Questions in Parliament plans for a rail and road study into the technical feasibility, benefits and impacts of...

JR_Pic_2.jpgYesterday (Tuesday 14th July) I spoke in the House of Commons during the debate on the Government's emergency budget. Whilst there were some aspects of the budget I support, such as the ending of permanent non-Dom status, overall this is a budget that will do more harm than good to people in Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, Dukinfield and Longdendale.

In particular, I believe the replacement of university grants with loans is unacceptable, along with the Government's failure to tackle the country's housing crisis, the lack of commitment to the Northern Powerhouse initiative, and the changes to tax credits that will hit ordinary working families especially hard.

You can watch my speech here, and read the full text here

Watch: My speech in the budget debate

Yesterday (Tuesday 14th July) I spoke in the House of Commons during the debate on the Government's emergency budget. Whilst there were some aspects of the budget I support, such...

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This morning I visited Gorse Hall Primary School in Stalybridge to meet with pupils who form the ECO Committee, and launch the school’s charity wellython. The school’s ECO Committee recently visited the House of Parliament and Downing Street and were keen to tell me about their visit.

I was also delighted to launch the school’s charity wellython, where each teacher and pupil will walk one mile around school grounds, with a target of walking 500 miles to hopefully raise £500. The money raised will go towards the opening of the Ilamula house, an orphanage for young vulnerable girls under 16 years old in South Africa.

Gorse Hall do fantastic work with their ECO Committee, and it sounds like they had a great visit to Parliament and Downing Street. It’s always heartening to see young people interested and passionate about environmental issues.

The wellython is a great idea, and for a very worthy cause. I have no doubt they will be successful in achieving their target, and I'm sure it will be worth the aching legs afterwards!

Give it some welly! Charity Wellython launched

This morning I visited Gorse Hall Primary School in Stalybridge to meet with pupils who form the ECO Committee, and launch the school’s charity wellython. The school’s ECO Committee recently...

Stalybridge_railway_station_2013.jpgAt Prime Minister’s questions on Wednesday I asked David Cameron about the Government’s recent announcement of an indefinite ‘pause’ on electrification of the TransPennine rail route between Manchester and Leeds. This line runs through Stalybridge and Mossley, meaning many constituents face many more years of delayed trains, cramped journeys and less frequent services, and I have been a frequent campaigner on this issue.

I laid out all these concerns to the Prime Minister, asking whether “these are the characteristics of a Northern Powerhouse?”. David Cameron’s response was to deny this was an indefinite pause, although he gave no date as to when the work would be completed.

The Prime Minister completely dodged the question and it is simply not good enough. Rail services in the North have constituently suffered under this Prime Minister. We have had the West Coast franchise fiasco which had knock on effects on franchising in the North, we have continually suffered with poor rolling stock whilst our best trains are sent to Oxfordshire, and now we’ve had the Northern Powercut with the ‘pause’ on electrification.

This puts the Government completely at odds with its Northern Powerhouse agenda, and it is time the Government started taking some of the responsibility instead of passing the whole blame onto Network Rail.

You can view a video of my exchange with the Prime Minister here

 

Prime Minister dodges question on ‘Northern Powercut’

At Prime Minister’s questions on Wednesday I asked David Cameron about the Government’s recent announcement of an indefinite ‘pause’ on electrification of the TransPennine rail route between Manchester and Leeds....

Commenting on the announcement by the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin of a ‘pause’ on the electrification of the TransPennine route between Manchester and Leeds, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said:

“I am extremely disappointed by the Government’s announcement today, and I know that this disappointment and anger will also be felt by many of my constituents who continue to suffer overcrowded trains every day. I have grave concerns that by announcing a ‘pause’ the work may not even be completed, which would be outrageous.

This is yet another example in a series of announcements in recent years that have hit rail infrastructure in the North; we had the West Coast franchise fiasco which had knock on effects on franchising in the North, we have continually suffered with poor rolling stock whilst our best trains are sent to Oxfordshire, and now the news today of a ‘pause’ on electrification.

This puts the Government completely at odds with its Northern Powerhouse agenda, and it is time the Government started taking some of the responsibility instead of passing the whole blame onto Network Rail.”

Disappointment at 'Pause' on TransPennine electrification

Commenting on the announcement by the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin of a ‘pause’ on the electrification of the TransPennine route between Manchester and Leeds, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds...

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