Jonathan Reynolds

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

TAMESIDE’S three MPs are hoping a local restaurant will curry favour with the judges of a national competition designed to find ‘the best’ South Asian restaurant in Britain.

Every year the Tiffin Club of MPs awards the Tiffin Cup to ‘the best’ South Asian restaurant in Britain.

The competition is based on nominations made by MPs from across the country. And Tameside’s three MPs are determined that at least one of the restaurants from the region is in the running for the top prize.

But rather than nominate their own favourites, Jonathan Reynolds (MP for Stalybridge and Hyde), Andrew Gwynne (MP for Denton and Reddish) and David Heyes (MP for Ashton-under-Lyne) want constituents to have their say.

They are appealing to local residents to let them know about their own favourite South Asian restaurant. And then the nominees will be put to the public vote, at www.jonathanreynolds.org.uk

Whichever restaurant receives the most votes from each of the three constituencies will then become nominees for the Tiffin Cup.

In an appeal for nominations, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said: “I am a regular visitor to the Bowerfold Spice restaurant in Stalybridge.

“I know that every time I go there, I am sure of a warm welcome and great food. And I would gladly nominate them for this competition.

“But I know there are many other South Asian restaurants in our area – and I want to hear about your favourites too.

“I am appealing to people from Stalybridge and Hyde – and across Tameside - to nominate their favourite restaurants.

“Once nominations are in, we’ll feature details of each of the restaurants on the website. And whichever restaurants receive the most votes will be the ones we nominate for the Tiffin Cup. Then they will compete against restaurants from across the country.”

Ashton-under-Lyne MP David Heyes is appealing for nominations for restaurants across Ashton, Droylsden and Failsworth.

He said: “There are lots of great curry restaurants in our area and everyone has their favourite so I’m asking all the curry lovers out there to nominate their favourite restaurant.”

And Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne said: “Denton and Reddish has some of the best South Asian restaurants in Greater Manchester so I am sure there will be plenty of nominations.

“Let's put our name on the map by choosing an award winning South Asian restaurant.”

 The Tiffin Club of MPs was formed in 2006 and brings together MPs from all political parties.

The co-chairs – Michael Fabricant, Martin Harwood and the Rt Hon Keith Vaz – say the idea behind the competition is twofold; to celebrate South Asian cuisine and to support a leading charity, which this year will be World Vision.

In a joint statement the co-chairs said: “After the overwhelming success of last year’s competition we are looking forward to another chance to sample some of the best offerings of South Asian food in Britain.

“At the same time we also hope to encourage some healthy competition amongst MPs from all parties, all while raising money for a worthy charity.”

To nominate your favourite South Asian restaurant click here or send your name, address, contact number and up to 200 words outlining why you think your favourite restaurant stands out from the rest to Jonathan Reynolds MP, “Tiffin Cup Nomination”, The Constituency Office, Hyde Town Hall, Market Street, Hyde, SK14 1AL.

Nominations close on Thursday July 15, 2010. Voting will run from July 19 to July 26.

Published July 1, 2010

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STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has given a cautious welcome to the publication of a new report into Tameside Hospital.

Earlier this year the Care Quality Commission highlighted some concerns relating to care and welfare at Tameside Hospital.

Today – following further checks and an inspection – the commission has published a further report.

The latest report finds that overall the quality and safety of the care, treatment and support given to patients is better than it had been during their previous site visit, in March 2010.

It finds Tameside NHS Foundation Trust has made the necessary improvements to staffing levels and to the co-ordination of staffing rosters it had identified.

But the commission also says that the Trust needs to continue to improve in a number of other areas.

Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has given a cautious welcome to the findings of the Care Quality Commission, published today (Tuesday June 29, 2010).

He said: “Residents should have the confidence that when they need to access health services in Tameside they will receive the highest levels of care and attention.

“But clearly in recent times that has not always been the case for all patients who have been treated at Tameside Hospital.

“There have been concerns about the relatively high mortality rates at Tameside Hospital. And earlier this year the Care Quality Commission raised some issues about the care and welfare at the hospital.

“I am heartened by today’s report by the Care Quality Commission, which indicates that improvements have been made at the hospital.

“However the CQC still has concerns about some aspects of care and their report stresses the need for further improvements to quality and safety.

“I and my fellow Tameside MPs are determined that the hospital continues to improve; and that the pace of improvement isn’t allowed to slow.

“It is clear the hospital still has some way to go if it is to secure the trust of the community it serves. And we will continue to push for any changes that are necessary.”

In drawing up their report the CQC requested documentary evidence from the Trust and made an unannounced visit to the hospital.

During the visit, on June 16, inspectors visited four adult wards, talked to patients, visitors and staff and examined the care provided to a sample of 11 patients.

They found that since their earlier inspection, in March, the quality of safety of care, treatment and support for patients had improved.

Sue McMillan, regional director of the CQC in the North West, said: “We arrived at the hospital unannounced so we could see the wards as patients do.

“We noted significant improvements to the quality and safety of care since our last inspection in March. No doubt a great deal of this has been due to the increase in nurses on the wards and the support provided to staff.

“Patients were broadly supportive about their care and we received very few negative comments from patients, visitors or staff. However we did identify some instances in which care was not to the standard it should have been.

“While we have removed he conditions from the trust’s licence, we expect to see continuing improvements in staffing, making sure patients get the right nutrition, discharging patients at the right time and ensuring that records are accurate and up-to-date.  The trust has committed to making these improvements and we will monitor progress. “We would like to thank the patients, visitors and staff who provided us with vital evidence during our visit.”  

In their latest publication the CQC find improvements in the quality of safety and care, treatment and support for patients.

The trust has committed to employing an additional 54 full-time staff, most of which have been recruited and are staring work in June and July.

They report:

  • There was a permanent team of suitably skilled nurses on each of the wards visited that does not rely on external or agency nursing staff;
  • Patients interviewed were mostly positive about their care and said staff were available to assist when necessary;
  • The wards inspected were clean and well organised;
  • No patients on the wards were sharing accommodation with the opposite sex; recently recruited staff said they had received induction training, had been appointed a mentor and were receiving support from the ward manager.

 Published on June 29, 2010

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STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds fears the Conservative Budget risks “catapulting the country back into recession.”

Earlier this week Chancellor George Osborne delivered his first Budget since the formation of the Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition. 

The measure introduced included:

  • Plans to increase VAT to 20 per cent from 2001.
  • Two year pay freeze for public sector workers.
  • Freeze on child benefit for three years.
  • End of Child Tax Credits for families earning more than £40,000.

The detail of the Budget has prompted some fears that the measures will impact on economic growth, lead to a reduction in employment and harm vital public services. 

Commenting on the Budget, Mr Reynolds said: “The chancellor may be peddling the myth that this is a budget that is both tough and fair – but there is nothing fair about this budget.  And he is wrong to say that there is no alternative.  

“This budget will put the employment of residents in areas like ours at serious risk. And it suggests, unbelievably, that - once again - unemployment in the North will simply be ‘a price worth paying’ to this Conservative Government. 

“The freezing of public sector pay and child benefit and the increase in VAT are just some of the measures that will have a very real impact on the daily lives of families in our area.

“And this is the tip of the iceberg – with the budget outlining deep cuts to government departments. 

“These Conservative cuts are too big and too soon – and risk catapulting the country back into recession.

“The Labour Government understood the importance of investing into the economy, in order to lessen the impact of the worst global recession for many years. And that’s the reason why there have been fewer business closures in the UK than expected and why unemployment is lower here than in the US or Europe.  Without the stimulus we would have been in a far worse situation. 

“Of course as a country we need to make demanding financial decisions to ensure the deficit is reduced – but we can’t forget the importance of economic growth.  Increasing economic growth is the only realistic way to lower the deficit to create as secure long-term future and to do that we must invest in employment and jobs.

“This budget is a financial gamble – but the stakes are too high for this reckless approach.”

Published June 24, 2010.

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PUPILS at Longdendale Community College have been learning how to manage their finances . . . by running their own bank.

The youngsters at the school, in Hollingworth, are taught about budgeting, borrowing and saving as part of lessons in personal finance.

And as well as learning the theory in the classroom they even help to run their own school bank – organising the weekly running of the bank, opening accounts and helping to recruit new staff.

Now their innovative approach has been recognised at the RBS Personal Financial Education Awards, where the school was commended in the Best All Round Approach to Personal Financed Education.

And joining at the awards ceremony was a group of students from West Hill School, in Stalybridge, who were commended in the Most Innovative Approach to Personal Finance Education category.

Students at West Hill took part in a specially-designed Enterprise Day based around the music industry, in which pupils had to design and cost a publicity strategy for a con cert using real market value, select a loan deal and calculate APRs using real data downloaded the day before.

At the awards ceremony both schools were congratulated by Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds.

Jonathan said: “For most teenage students the idea of securing a mortgage or running a household budget can seem a lifetime away.

“But personal financial management is a vital skill – and I am delighted that two of our local schools are at the forefront of teaching it.

“Lessons in personal finance will better equip students to be able to make good financial decisions and exercise sound judgement.

“Waiting until later in life to learn these lessons can be much more difficult – and can involve expensive mistakes that can take years to resolve.

“West Hill School and Longdendale Community College are leading the way. And I was proud to be able to congratulate them on their success.”

Founded by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in association with PFEG (Personal Finance Education Group), the awards showcase excellence in teaching Personal Financial Education to students aged between five and 18.

Head of Community Investment at RBS Sharon McDowall said: “These awards are testament to the hard work and dedication of schools across England, Scotland and Wales to deliver high calibre money management lessons to students.

“This year with a staggering 89 per cent uplift in entries from last year, we have been impressed by the exceptionally high standard of entries as well as their innovative approaches to teaching PFE.

“Students as young as five are now receiving financial education in schools and, alongside the advice and guidance of parents and guardians, this will help create ‘financially fit’ individuals for the future.”

  Published June 22, 2010

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HIGH Peak MP Andrew Bingham and Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds have vowed to work together to highlight the need for a solution to the traffic problems in Longdendale and Glossop.
The A57 – running between Glossop and the end of the M67 motorway in Mottram – is one of the busiest ‘A’ roads in the country.
But the road was not built or intended to cope with this volume of traffic. And, as a result, motorists and residents can be plagued by lengthy tailbacks.
Residents in the neighbouring constituencies of High Peak and Stalybridge and Hyde have been promised a solution for more than 30 years.
And now Conservative MP Andrew Bingham (High Peak) and Labour MP Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde) have agreed to join forces to find a solution to the problem.
Mr Bingham said: "Everyone knows that there is little money available at the moment, but what Jonathan and I have agreed is that we will try and lift the issue up the agenda so that when money does become available it is at or near the front of the queue of priorities.
"My constituents in Glossop and Tintwistle suffer greatly from the traffic problems and I believe it is also hampering the local economy in the town too."
Mr Reynolds - who has invited Secretary of State for Transport Philip Hammond to see the traffic congestion in the area - said: "This road was not built to cope with so much traffic – and as a result the area is heavily congested. The excessive traffic means residents who live alongside it have to put up with poor air quality, noise and dust.
"Residents and motorists have been promised an answer to this problem for years. And I hope that by working together Andrew and I will be able to ensure the residents in both our constituencies finally benefit from a solution to this unacceptable problem."

Published June 18, 2010.




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STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds is backing a new campaign designed to supply sports equipment to children in Papua New Guinea.

The appeal – ‘Kits to Kids’ – aims to collect shirts, boots and other equipment that would be discarded by teams in the UK, so that they can be sent to youngsters in rural areas of Papua New Guinea.

The appeal - which is being run in association with the Menzie Yere Foundation and Sheffield Eagles RLFC – was inspired by Papua New Guinea rugby international Menzie Yere. And now Dukinfield businessman Chris Noble – who is a director of Sheffield Eagles RLFC – is at the forefront of the appeal.

Chris has already written to a number of professional and amateur sports clubs from across the country – asking them to donate their shirts, boots and other equipment at the end of the season. And by the end of the year he hopes the appeal will have collected a container full of equipment.

On Friday (June 11, 2010) Chris and Menzie Yere took time to highlight the appeal, with Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds.

Chris said: “We launched Kits to Kids last week and already we have had lots of people bringing in bits of kit and equipment to the ground – but it’s the clubs that can really help us.

“Every year a lot of clubs change their shirts and they regularly get rid of boots and shin pads, but they could be put to good use.

“This is one of the places in the world where children aren’t as lucky as they are here. But wherever you live sport brings out the best in people.

“I have already asked rugby clubs that I know to send in shirts – and in just a few days we have received more than 100.

“We are also asking clubs to send in items that we can auction on the internet to raise money for the shipping costs.”

Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds was told about the project during a visit to Hanlon and Wright, in Dukinfield.

He said: “Every week vast numbers of our young people across our region play sport at school, at sports clubs, in their communities or just with their friends.

“And as adults - whether we compete, play for fun or watch it from an armchair - we know how valuable sport can be.

“This appeal recognises that sport isn’t something that can be so easily enjoyed all over the world. And I am delighted to be able to show my support for what is an extremely worthwhile campaign.

 “Kits to Kids will give many more youngsters in Papua New Guinea the opportunity to play sport. And this is a great chance for the bigger clubs in the UK to support them – simply by donating items that would be replaced at the end of the season anyway.

“On the pitch there are few win-win situations – but with the support of our local clubs Kits to Kids means everyone can be a winner.”

 More information about the appeal can be found at www.kits2kids.com or by writing to Kits to Kids Dept, Hanlon and Wright Ltd, Tudor House, Park Road, Dukinfield, SK16 5LX.

Published on June 11, 2010

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STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds visited a drop-in centre in Stalybridge on Friday, to highlight the important role played by carers.

There are almost 9000 people living in the Stalybridge and Hyde area who have a caring responsibility for a partner, child, relative or neighbour.

And every week a group of carers meet at a drop-in centre at the Holy Trinity Church, Corporation Street, in Stalybridge, for a chat and a cup of tea.

The group – whose members all care for people with mental health issues - has been running since September. And it provides members with the opportunity to meet with other carers, to share experiences and information.

Mr Reynolds said: “Caring for someone – even when it’s someone we love – can cause tremendous pressure and stress and can feel tremendously isolating.

“The drop-in centre at Holy Trinity offers carers an important lifeline; an opportunity to let off steam, to meet up with other carers and to find out about the support that’s available.

“Carers play an incredible role in our society and I’m delighted to highlight their dedication and hard work as part of Carers Week.

“There is help available to carers – through statutory agencies and voluntary groups like this one. And I hope that this campaign will highlight this support.”

Carers Week is a national campaign that exists to support the six million people in the UK who provide unpaid help and support to relatives or friends who could not otherwise manage because of frailty, illness or disability.

It is a collaborative partnership of charities and other organisations that include Carers UK, Help the Hospices and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

Published June 11, 2010

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IMPROVING local rail services, increasing powers for local government, increasing the use of renewable energy and increasing support for the armed forces are some of the aims highlighted by new MP Jonathan Reynolds in an online piece for Channel 4 News.

Jonathan was asked to outline his thoughts by Channel 4 News a month after he was elected as the new MP for Stalybridge and Hyde.

You can read the text here or by logging on the Channel 4 News website here

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Jonathan Reynolds MP has been elected as the secretary of the new All Party Group for the Armed Forces.

The group was founded by James Gray, Conservative MP for North Wiltshire, who will also be the group chairman. It held its inaugural annual general meeting on June 7.

The aim of the group is to promote in Parliament a better understanding of the UK’s armed forces, their objectives and their activities.

In his maiden speech Mr Reynolds said he hoped that in his time as a parliamentarian he would always be known as “a friend of the country’s armed forces”.

And he hopes that his position in the new All Party Group for the Armed Forces will enable him to support those serving in the armed forces in Stalybridge and Hyde and beyond.

Mr Reynolds said: “There are a significant number of people from Stalybridge and Hyde who are members of the Armed Forces.

“They serve in some of the most troubled parts of the world, often in difficult conditions. And they show outstanding devotion and service to their country – which deserves our admiration and our gratitude.

“Today more than ever before it’s important that our armed service men and women have a voice in Parliament and that their role is more widely recognised.

“I hope that by taking on this role in the All Party Group for the Armed Forces I will be able to play a part in raising awareness of their contribution, representing their views and fulfil my promise to be a friend to the country’s armed forces.”

Published June 10, 2010.

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THOUSANDS of children with autism may needlessly face mental health problems in the future, warns a new campaign.

According to the You Need to Know campaigned – launched this week by the National Autistic Society (NAS) – a high proportion of children who have autism suffer because the NHS dos not suffficiently know how to help them.

And their new campaign aims to highlight the current mental health system, which they say fails two-thirds of children with autism and can make their mental health worsen.

The campaign has been backed by Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds.

He said: “We all need to know that by giving children with autism the understanding and support they need, we help promote their health and happiness.

“Too many are currently developing preventable mental health problems and find themselves up against a broken system that doesn’t understand them or their needs. It is a tragic waste of their potential.”

The NAS highlight research that suggests that more than 70 per cent of children with autism have a mental health problem, such as depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other anxiety disorders.

Autism is a complex disability and so when mental health problems do develop in children with the condition they are much harder to recognise, diagnose and treat without appropriate knowledge.

They say they are often dismissed as an unfortunate, but unavoidable side effect of having autism.

Following the launch of the campaign, NAS chief executive Mark Lever said: “All too often children with autism receive inappropriate, ineffectual and sometimes harmful treatment of their mental health problems.

“This has a devastating effect on families many of whom develop their own mental health problems as a result.

“Parents and professionals alike are crying out for more autism support and so we are delighted to have the backing of Jonathan Reynolds MP. The NHS needs to know how to help, and the government needs to know it can’t wait.”

A survey of more than 450 parents for the You Need to Know campaign has highlighted the experience of parents and children.

According to the survey  43 per cent of parents whose children are currently registered with mental health services said their child’s mental health had got worse because they could not get the services they needed

And more than half of parents said they did not think that mental health services know how to communicate with their child

Nine out of ten parents said that the mental health problems their child faced had had a negative impact on their own mental health and that of the whole family.

Those parents who said they had been able to get specialist autism help were twice as likely to say their child’s mental health had improved.

As part of the campaign the NAS is calling for the government to act now to make mental health services work for children with autism and change their future. This includes autism training for mental health professionals and access to specialist autism support in every area.

 Published June 10, 2010

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