Jonathan Reynolds

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

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Today (Monday 8th June) marks the start of Carers week and I was delighted to attend a drop-in event for MP’s in Parliament to highlight the start of this week’s important campaign.

The aim of Carers week is to raise awareness of caring and highlight the challenges carers face up and down the country; not least in areas such as ours. Roughly one in eight people from across the whole of Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, Dukinfield and Longdendale is a carer, and each day they are doing what they can to make life a little better for those close to them.

Representatives from organisations such as Age UK, Carers UK and the MS Society were present to offer advice to MP’s on how to support constituents who are carers, and to suggest ways MP’s can speak up for carers in Parliament. With recent evidence showing that full time-time carers are more than twice as likely to be in bad health than non-carers, and that nearly half of carers are struggling to make ends meet, I was more than happy to pledge my support, and I will continue to support and speak up for carers in Parliament.

Speaking up for carers in Parliament

Today (Monday 8th June) marks the start of Carers week and I was delighted to attend a drop-in event for MP’s in Parliament to highlight the start of this week’s...

Irene_lONDON.jpgLast week I was delighted to be able to welcome Mossley residents Irene Raddings and Marie Milne to London in recognition of their fantastic work in the community in Mossley. Every year I can nominate two community activists to attend the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, and this year both Irene and Marie stood out for me. They both had a great time at the Palace, and they assured me that the cucumber sandwiches were of the highest quality. It was also a privilege to be able to give them a personal tour of the House of Parliament afterwards, ending with them taking in the views of London on the Terrace.

Their accommodation was kindly paid for by New Charter, and the day even got off to best possible start when they were upgraded to First Class free of charge on the train down by Virgin Trains.

Irene and Marie, who was also previously a Town Councillor, do outstanding work in their community in Mossley, and so it was only right that they were recognised for this. They are both important members of Mossley Town Team working to improve Mossley town centre, and also doing great work as part of the Micklehurst Estate Residents Association (MERA). They were fully deserving of being rewarded in this way, and I know that they will continue to work hard and be a huge positive part of the community in Mossley.

Community Champions visit Queen and Parliament

Last week I was delighted to be able to welcome Mossley residents Irene Raddings and Marie Milne to London in recognition of their fantastic work in the community in Mossley....

Commenting on the news that arrests have been made following the recent attacks in Hyde, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said:

“I am pleased that arrests has been made following these two disgraceful attacks and I again want to send my best wishes to the victims.

It is important to remember that for our area, attacks like this are very rare and I would like to thank the police for acting so quickly in identifying the possible perpetrators.

I will keep in close contact with the police on this matter, and look forward to further progress being made.”

MP welcomes arrests after violent attacks

Commenting on the news that arrests have been made following the recent attacks in Hyde, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said: “I am pleased that arrests has been made...

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I wanted to use this first website post following the general election to say thank you for re-electing me as your Member of Parliament. I have said this many times before, but representing the place I am proud to call home is the best job in the world. Not a day goes by where I don’t reflect on the great responsibility that brings.

 But election victories are a time for humility, not hubris. I believe our area faces significant challenges, especially on issues like housing, transport, public health, skills and employment.  We need a Member of Parliament who is ready to go to Westminster and make their voice heard, but who is also rooted and active in the community, willing to listen to people’s concerns and offer assistance when needed. Whatever your political views and however you voted in the election, I will be that representative.

 I am of the firm belief that politics is the pursuit of noble causes; about how we can make the world around us a better place for each and every one of us. It is up to myself and my colleagues in Parliament to represent the best interest of our constituents, and that is exactly what I intend to do in the coming months and years. 

Thank you to everyone who supported me in the election. It is a great honour to serve you in Parliament and I look forward to working with you over the next five years.

Jonathan

PS. You can watch the declaration for our constituency here: https://youtu.be/-6Ten-PLI_o

Thank you for your support

I wanted to use this first website post following the general election to say thank you for re-electing me as your Member of Parliament. I have said this many times...

As you may know Parliament has now been dissolved and a General Election will take place on May 7th. This means there is no longer an MP for our constituency (or any constituency) until the election has taken place.

Therefore if you are contacting me regarding specific assistance you require from an MP, unfortunately I cannot take up your case at present. Casework is extremely important to me but there are strict rules ensuring sitting MPs do not have unfair advantages over other candidates whilst the election is taking place. If your issue is a local matter (waste, social services, education, town centres etc.), I recommend contacting your local councillor. You can do this by entering your postcode into this Tameside Council website: http://www.tameside.gov.uk/forms/wards.php3

If it is a more general matter, I recommend contacting Tameside Citizen’s Advice on 0161 342 5005.

If you are still in need of assistance after May 7th and I have been re-elected, please get in touch with me again.

If you are contacting me about the General Election – such as an enquiry as to my view on a matter – then thank you. I will try and get back to you as soon as possible.

With best wishes

Jonathan Reynolds

 

Please note: This site was established while I was a Member of Parliament. As Parliament has been dissolved there are no MPs until after the Election on 7th May 2015.

Important! Parliament dissolved - please read

As you may know Parliament has now been dissolved and a General Election will take place on May 7th. This means there is no longer an MP for our constituency...

Jonathan_Reynolds_MP_and_Nick_Donovan_FTPE_MD_celebrate_the_launch_of_new_rail_services_from_Stalybridge_2.jpgMP Jonathan Reynolds has welcomed the addition of a new rail service for Manchester-bound commuters, after conducting a survey that highlighted over-crowding of current services.

Mr Reynolds highlighted the concerns about over-crowding to bosses at First TransPennine Express earlier this year, after conducting his own survey of passengers at Stalybridge Railway Station.

This week the train operating company announced that they would introduce a new 07.28 service from Stalybridge to Manchester Piccadilly.

And – in a further attempt to ease overcrowding – the company is putting additional carriages on the 07.50 service from the town to Manchester Oxford Road.

On Friday Mr Reynolds joined First TransPennine Express managing director Nick Donovan at the station to mark the addition of the new service, which will begin on December 14.

“This is great news for the residents of Stalybridge, providing greater travel options in the busiest part of the day,” said Stalybridge and Hyde MP Mr Reynolds.

“I have worked with First TransPennine Express to further improve the timetable and am delighted that they will be providing more seats and more services.”

In addition to the improvements to morning services First TransPennine Express are doubling the number of carriages on the 17.07 service from Manchester Oxford Road to Stalybridge, from three to six.

The increase in services follows a package of improvements in the station facilities over recent years.

Commenting on the improvements, First TransPennine Express managing director Nick Donovan said: ““I am delighted that we have been able to provide a solution for Stalybridge that sees more services and more seats when customers need them most.

“Customer feedback has enabled these improvements which along with the 50,000 extra seats a week across the Pennines, introduced in May 2014, means that Stalybridge now has a wonderful new station and excellent rail connections to the major cities of the north.”

 

New seats and services for Stalybridge rail users

MP Jonathan Reynolds has welcomed the addition of a new rail service for Manchester-bound commuters, after conducting a survey that highlighted over-crowding of current services. Mr Reynolds highlighted the concerns...

STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has welcomed the decision to fund transport improvements around Longdendale

 The stretch of the A57 - which runs between Hollingworth and the end of the M67 in Mottram - is one of the busiest roads in the country. It is frequently grid-locked and heavy traffic causes significant levels of noise, dust and disruption. Residents were first promised a bypass more than 30 years ago, but in 2010 - following the collapse of a public inquiry - the plans were shelved.

 Since then local MP Jonathan Reynolds, working with neighbouring High Peak MP Andrew Bingham and local councillors for Longdendale, has continued to push for the transport problems in the area to be recognised at the highest level.

 Today (Monday 1 December) the Government is expected to announce £170million to address the problem directly.

 

Mr Reynolds said: "This will be welcome news for people living in Mottram and Hollingworth and the surrounding areas. They have put up with unacceptable levels of road congestion and pollution for far too long.

 "The road that links the two villages was never designed or intended to take the high levels of cross-regional traffic that run through it every day. The queues through Longdendale are notorious.  The daily gridlock could not be allowed to continue and it has been clear to me for some time that a bypass would be an essential part of the solution.

 "I have been committed to making sure that the case for a new road was made at the highest level.  I am delighted that the funding promised by the Department for Transport will now make this possible.

When we began this process in 2010, we were told there was no chance whatsoever of achieving funding for a major scheme. But I promised local residents when I was elected I would fight hard on their behalf - and I have."

 

Mr Reynolds - who was formerly a councillor for Longdendale - has been pushing for a solution to the traffic problems in the area since his election to Parliament in 2010. He has worked with neighbouring High Peak MP Andrew Bingham and organisations across the Transpennine corridor in a bid to ensure the situation could be properly assessed.  During this process a wide range of options have been considered, from an HGV ban on the Woodhead Pass to a tunnel under the Pennines.

 A full announcement is expected to be made to the House of Commons today, after which work will begin to determine a specific route for a new road. 

 Mr Reynolds is committed to ensuring residents are kept up to date with the developments as they occur.

Funding decision for bypass in Longdendale

STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has welcomed the decision to fund transport improvements around Longdendale  The stretch of the A57 - which runs between Hollingworth and the end of...

DSC_0242.JPGMORE than 100 volunteers at Homestart have ‘befriended’ families across Tameside to help make the daily struggle a little easier.

The team of specially-trained volunteers offer flexible and practical support to children and their families who are referred by health or social work professionals – or simply ask for help themselves.

Typically support might involve help to become more organised or to access services, playing with the children or helping parents to attend appointments.

And at their AGM, MP Jonathan Reynolds joined staff and volunteers to help them celebrate their ongoing success.

Stalybridge and Hyde MP Mr Reynolds said: “Homestart is a remarkable organisation that gives real and practical support to help families with young children.

“While most of us, most of the time can rely on the support of friends and family when we go through tough times, Homestart is there when that’s not possible.

“The families think of the volunteers as new friends – and the volunteers get a great deal of satisfaction from the experience too.

“I was delighted to be invited to the Homestart AGM and to hear about their ongoing successes.”

Over the past 12 months 117 volunteers at the Audenshaw-based charity – which covers the Oldham, Stockport and Tameside areas - have worked with 180 families.

And in addition, this year, they have launched a project designed to encourage women to breastfeed.

After the formalities of the AGM staff, volunteers and guests celebrated the successes of the year – with volunteers being recognised for volunteering for 50,100 or 150 hours during the year.

Nationally the network of Homestart UK organisations has 16,000 family support volunteers who help 32,000 families every year.

Homestart – which began in Leicester – now operates in 22 countries in five continents.

For more information about Homestart go to www.homestartto.org or call 0161 344 0669.

 

MP joins celebrations to mark Homestart success

MORE than 100 volunteers at Homestart have ‘befriended’ families across Tameside to help make the daily struggle a little easier. The team of specially-trained volunteers offer flexible and practical support...

Big_Ben.jpgMP Jonathan Reynolds has backed a parliamentary Bill designed to reduce the amount of competition in the NHS.

The National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill includes measures that would restrict the amount of income a hospital could generate from private patients and end the routine practice of compulsory competitive tendering for NHS contracts.

It is designed to counter many of the measures in the Government's controversial Health and Social Care Bill. And the Bill – a Private Member’s Bill - received its second reading in Parliament on Friday, when it was overwhelmingly backed by MPs, by 241 votes to 18.

Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds believes the measures in the Bill would ensure patient care was put before profit in the NHS. And he says the funds saved by scrapping the market framework could be re-invested in the NHS.

He said: “The Government’s reorganisation forces doctors to open up services to competition from the private sector – but this wastes millions of pounds on legal process and tenders that could be better spent on patient care.

“The measures in this Bill would scrap unnecessary competition red tape that costs the NHS millions of pounds – and that could be invested to make sure people can get a GP appointment within 48 hours.

“The changes to the NHS implemented by this Government have made it more vulnerable than ever before. But the Labour Party is committed to the NHS and this Bill is a step towards securing its future.”

According to data supplied to the Labour Party under the Freedom of Information Act, NHS hospitals are now spending more than £20 million a year complying with the Government’s competition requirements for NHS reconfigurations and mergers & acquisitions. Releasing those funds could pay for more than 600,000 GP appointments.

Following its second reading, the Bill will now be committed to a Public Bill Committee, where it will be scrutinised line-by-line. No date has yet been announced for the committee to meet.

Backing for Bill that puts patients first

MP Jonathan Reynolds has backed a parliamentary Bill designed to reduce the amount of competition in the NHS. The National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill includes measures that...

STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has backed measures that should deliver a fairer deal for pubs.

Under the current system landlords sign a deal with pub owning companies – so-called ‘pubcos’ - which can compel them to pay rent and to buy supplies from them, as well as purchase financial and other services too.

There have been claims that the prices charged for goods and services by some pubcos can be disproportionately high, with data suggesting that 57% of landlords who are tied to a large pubco earn less than £10,000 a year.

And the practice has been largely blamed for the significant number of pubs that close every week.

However the amended Small Business Bill – which was debated by Parliament on November 18 - gives licensees the option of going free of tie.

And it is expected that this measure would have a significant impact on the viability of pubs nationwide.

“Pubs continue to be at the heart of our communities – but across the country there are 27 are closing every week,” said Mr Reynolds, who conducted his own survey of local pub landlords last year.

“Clearly one of the biggest pressures facing landlords is the unbalanced nature of the relationship they have with pubcos.

“So, I was pleased to be able to support the new clause to the Small Business Bill, which gives licensees the option of going free of tie.

“I believe that giving landlords this greater independence will mean the large pubcos will offer fairer terms to their licensees, which will safeguard the future of more of our pubs.”

The Labour Party has been calling for greater protection for pubs and for an end to the restrictive practices by pubcos since the publication of a report into the industry by the BIS Select Committee in 2010.

Members have campaigned alongside a broad coalition of groups in the industry including the Federation of Small Businesses, the Forum of Private Business, CAMRA, FairPint, the GMB and UNITE.

And they are delighted that – despite government opposition – the new clause to the Small Business Bill was accepted, by 284 votes to 269.

Following the parliamentary debate, Labour’s Shadow Pubs Minister Toby Perkins said: “Labour has led calls for a proper statutory code with teeth on pub companies, giving tenants the protection they need and putting an end to the unfair treatment they’ve received from large pub companies.

“Our plans have won support from a broad coalition of campaigners including CAMRA, the Federation of Small Business, trade unions and the cross-party BIS Select Committee.

“Ministers must now act immediately to ensure there is a proper statutory code with a free-of-tie option to protect local pubs, and must not ignore the will of the House of Commons, after their desperate and shambolic attempts to stave off defeat have failed.”

Greater freedom for pub landlords backed by MP

STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has backed measures that should deliver a fairer deal for pubs. Under the current system landlords sign a deal with pub owning companies –...

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