Jonathan Reynolds MP

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

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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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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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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JONATHAN Reynolds has been continuing to share his experiences of being a new Member of Parliament with the with readers of an online magazine.
His first Commons People online column for Progress detailed what it was like to enter the House of Commons for the first time, the swapping of election stories and the lessons to be learnt in the tearoom as well as the chamber.
Now Jonathan has written a second column where he talks about debating in the chamber and his maiden speech.
In the coming months Jonathan will continue to file regular updates. You can read Jonathan’s latest column in full at http://www.progressonline.org.uk/columns/

Published on June 3, 2010

MP Shares Insights with Online Readers

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HUNDREDS of musicians will take part in the Whit Friday Brass Band Contest at Stalybridge Labour Club tonight (Friday 28 May, 2010).

The club is one of 11 venues hosting contests across Tameside – bringing in brass bands from near and far who try to compete as many times as possible at different venues throughout the evening.

Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds believes the contest is one of the area’s important traditions.

And welcoming visitors to the Stalybridge Labour Club in the contest programme, he writes: “We are lucky to have some of the best brass bands in the country on our doorstep.  And this evening they will be battling hard to be named as the Tameside Whit Friday Champions 2010.   “The competition - held in pubs, clubs and other venues in the area - has become one of the highlights of the brass band calendar for the most dedicated of enthusiasts.   “And each short performance - the culmination of hours of hard work and practice - is a great display of what can be achieved when people work together.   “The traditional Whit Friday Contests make our communities magnets for hundreds of musicians and spectators alike. And for more than 100 years, they have offered generations of excited young children their first experience of live music.   “Rooted in our history and reflecting our local identity, every year these contests bring our communities a little closer together. And my only hope is that it is an occasion that will be enjoyed for many years to come.   “I am delighted to be able to welcome you to this year's competition at Stalybridge Labour Club tonight.   “And whether you are competing or listening, I hope you have a great night!”

The contest will begin at Stalybridge Labour Club at 4pm – and is expected to continue until 11.15pm.

Other venues include Carr Rise, Carrbrook, Stalybridge; John Street, Wakefield Road, Heyrod; Stalybridge Celtic Football Club, Bower Fold; and Mountain Street, Mossley.

 

Published Friday 28 May, 2010

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HUNDREDS of residents took to the streets to join the Whit Walks in Mossley.

The traditional procession through the village brought together churches, youth organisations and brass bands from across the area.

Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds was among those taking part in the procession through the village.

He said: ”The Whit Walks are an important annual celebration for our churches and our communities.

“There are very few occasions that bring together so many people – young and old. And I am proud to have been a part of this tradition today.”

Last week Mr Reynolds also took part in the Whit Walks in Hyde Newton.

 

 Published Friday 28 May, 2010

 

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STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has used his first speech in Parliament to praise the heroism and courage of those serving in the armed forces.

Mr Reynolds made his maiden speech (Wednesday 26 May, 2010), on the eve of the funeral of Cpl Harvey Holmes, from Hyde, who served in the Mercian Regiment.

He paid tribute to Cpl Holmes who was killed while serving in Afghanistan "fighting to bring some of the freedoms we enjoy in this country to a troubled part of the world".

And he told the House: I wish to use this opportunity to record my admiration, and gratitude, to men and women like Corporal Holmes for their outstanding devotion and service to their country.

"It seems to me that, in a world where a person can be described as a hero for a performance on a sports pitch, or appearance on a television talent show, we so often forget the true meaning of words like heroism and courage.

"In my time in this House, I will never forget their true meaning, and hope always be known as a friend of this country’s armed forces."

In his maiden speech Mr Reynolds also paid tribute to the commitment of former MP the Rt Hon James Purnell to the regeneration of the constituency and the people living in it.

He said: "Most of all James has my admiration for always being a politician prepared to deal in the business of ideas.

"At times British politics can appear to run on orthodoxies, and those people, like James, who can see beyond that, should be cherished. I believe this House will miss him."

Mr Reynolds spoke of the need for the government to tackle poverty and inequality in constituencies, ensuring that they were able to compete in a changing world. And he ended by speaking about the need to reform government itself.

"I first came to this House as a student on a trip from my college, and it impressed in me a sense of wonder that has stayed with me ever since," he said.

"It is my sincere regret that its reputation, and that of politics generally, has been so diminished by the events of the last few years.

"We as members of this new parliament have a great deal of work to do repair some of the damage. This will not only involve how we conduct ourselves as individuals, but how we go about reforming our entire political system.

"And I believe this House needs to make sure that, in a world dominated by coverage of the Executive branch of government, we do not forget the supremacy of Parliament and how it can be used to enable a national dialogue on matters of national contention.

"I believe this House needs to remember that on many issues, cross-party co-operation will yield results much faster than exaggerated dividing lines.

"And I also believe this House needs to make real progress towards reforming the House of Lords, and to take seriously the opportunity to amend the voting system that sends us all here to the Commons;

"But most of all, I believe what this great House needs is great parliamentarians. Mr. Deputy Speaker, in my time in parliament, it will be my humble aspiration to attempt to be one."

You can read the full text of Jonathan's first parliamentary speech by clicking here.

Published Thursday 27 May, 2010

 

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STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has vowed to fight plans that would make it harder to dissolve Parliament.

Currently convention dictates that if a government fails to win a vote of no confidence it resigns – prompting the dissolution of Parliament.

This means that a government always has the support of more than 50 per cent of MPs.

However Conservative leader David Cameron now wants to change the law so that it would take a vote of 55 per cent of MPs to dissolve Parliament.

Mr Reynolds believes this move would be “dangerous and unconstitutional”. And he has vowed to work with backbenchers from all sides of the House of Commons to oppose it.

“Finding himself in the vulnerable position of coalition government, Mr Cameron wants to change the law so that it would take a vote of 55 per cent of MPs to dissolve Parliament,” said Mr Reynolds.

“This is not about strengthening or stabilising government. This is not about improving the practicalities of government, nor is it about principle.

“This proposal is no more than a thinly disguised attempt to protect a Conservative government from a Lib Dem walkout.

“The consequences would be dangerous and unconstitutional.

“Currently convention means a vote of no confidence – carried with a simple majority (ie more than 50%) – is enough to trigger the resignation of the government.

“There is a good reason for this. After all, if a government cannot command the confidence of at least 50 per cent of MPs is ultimately unworkable. It cannot pass laws. It cannot function.

“As MPs we share a responsibility to make sure the country is governed in as effective and stable way as possible, but this change has the potential to be both unproductive and chaotic.

“The proposal has critics in all parties – and I will be working with backbenchers from all sides of the House of Commons to oppose this retrograde move.”
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ublished May 19, 2010

 

MP Plans to Fight Legislation That Would Protect Government From Dissolution

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NEW MP Jonathan Reynolds has been offering an insight into his first few days in Parliament with readers of an online magazine.

He has been sharing his experiences and thoughts in a column – Commons People – with www.progressonline.org.uk And he has been asked to continue filing regular updates throughout the coming months.

The first column points to experiences that have included entering the House of Commons for the first time – and the realisation that the Commons’ chamber is much smaller than it looks.

They also include the swapping of election stories with fellow MPs. And learning the lesson that it’s not just in the chamber you need to know where to sit – it’s in the tearoom too.

You can read Jonathan’s first column in full at http://www.progressonline.org.uk/columns/

 

Published on May 19, 2010.

 

New Column Gives Insight Into Parliament

NEW MP Jonathan Reynolds has been offering an insight into his first few days in Parliament with readers of an online magazine. He has been sharing his experiences and thoughts...

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