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.”
Published May 19, 2010
STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds is seeking urgent clarification on the government’s position towards a bypass in Longdendale.
In one of his first actions since being elected, Mr Reynolds has invited Secretary of State for Transport Philip Hammond to visit the constituency to see for himself the problems that are caused by traffic congestion in the area.
The A57 – between Hollingworth and the end of the M67 in Mottram – is one of the busiest ‘A Roads’ in the country. But the road, which cuts through the village of Mottram, was not built to cope with this volume of traffic.
As a result roads throughout Longdendale are often jammed. And the level of traffic has an impact on air quality, noise and dust for local residents.
"Residents in Longdendale have been blighted by the problems of excessive traffic on the A57 for more than 30 years," said Mr Reynolds, who is also the local councillor for the Longdendale ward.
"A significant number of lorries and heavy goods vehicles use the A57 as the preferred route between the end of the M67 and Yorkshire. But this is a relatively minor road in a small village, which was never designed for such heavy traffic.
"Residents have been promised a solution to this unacceptable problem for years – but instead they still have to put up with jammed roads and poor public transport links.
"I have now written to the new Secretary of State for Transport Philip Hammond to invite him to witness this problem for himself.
"The Liberal Democrats have a policy of no new major road building schemes. And I am seeking a reassurance from Mr Hammond that this will not be the policy of the joint Liberal-Conservative coalition."
Plans for a Longdendale bypass were shelved earlier this year after the Highways Agency pulled out of a public inquiry, where they had earlier submitted miscalculated data.
The council has now drawn up the ‘Longdendale Integrated Transport Strategy’, which is designed to ease the volume of traffic.
The plan includes a new road, as well as changes to public transport, including bus priority measures, and improvements that would include park and ride.
The council has been conducting a wide-ranging consultation exercise that addressed the different options.
Published May 19, 2010.
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.
JONATHAN Reynolds has been elected as the Member of Parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde.
Cllr Reynolds was selected as the Labour Party candidate for the General Election, following the decision of James Purnell to step down.
He was declared as the new MP in the early hours of Friday May 7, after receiving 16189 votes.
Following the election, Jonathan said: “It is an honour to have been elected as the Member of Parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde.
“I am proud to represent the community where I live. But I know that this is a huge responsibility and it is now that the hard work really begins.”
In the run up to the election, Jonathan – who lives in Mottram with his wife Claire – made a number of pledges to the electorate.
He said he would:
- Fight for more jobs – to retain manufacturing in the area a nd to push for high-tech jobs;
- Campaign for changes in the running of Tameside Hospital to improve healthcare and to restore public trust.
- To work with local residents and police to combat crime and anti-social behaviour;
- Campaign for better transport links – addressing the need to reduce congestion in Longdendale and to improve rail services to Manchester.
- Support plans for the new National Care Service, giving older people the dignity and care they deserve
LABOUR supporters from across Tameside have joined together to launch their General Election campaign.
Labour candidates David Heyes (Ashton), Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish) and Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde) spoke about the need to re-elect a Labour Government.
They highlighted the benefits that government policy had already brought to the Tameside area.And they talked about the risk to the area that a Conservative Government would pose.
Following the launch, at Stalybridge Labour Club, Jonathan Reynolds said: “The Labour Government has made a real impact on our area.
“You only need to look at the development of our Sure Start Children’s Centres, schools and our hospital to see the difference it has made across Stalybridge and Hyde.
“And in particular this government has offered real help to local families during this economic crisis.
“If the Tories were to take over would not continue the investment in our schools hospitals and Sure Start centres. They would put the economic recovery under threat and they wouldn’t understand our area.
“Dozens of Labour Party members are now starting to campaign in the run-up to the General Election.
“Together with David Heyes, Andrew Gwynne and the excellent team of Labour members of Tameside Council, I know that we can make our area an even better place to live and work.”
In the run-up to the General Election the Labour Party has made five clear pledges to voters. They are:
To secure the recovery and halve the deficit through economic growth, fair taxes and cuts to lower priority spending;
To protect frontline investment in policing, schools, childcare and the NHS, with a new guarantee of cancer test results within a week;
Strengthen fairness in communities through an Australian style points-based system to control immigration; guaranteed education, apprenticeships and jobs for young people; and a crackdown on anti-social behaviour;
Raising family living standards, keeping mortgage rates as low as possible; increasing tax credits for families with young children; providing new help for first-time buyers; and restoring the link between the state pension and earnings from 2012;
Build a high tech economy, supporting businesses and industry to create one million more skilled jobs and modernising our infrastructure with High Speed Rail, a Green Investment Bank and broadband access for all.
More information about the Labour Party’s Manifesto can be found at www.labour.org.uk or www.jonathanreynolds.org.uk