Jonathan Reynolds

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

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The cost of heating our homes is one of the most prominent concerns for a lot of households at the moment. A combination of cold weather and never ending price increases from the big energy companies has meant that people are really struggling to pay their bills.

One of the best ways people can manage their price rises is by reducing the amount of energy they use in the home. There are a number of Government backed schemes providing financial support to people who wish to do this, but figuring out which scheme or type of work is best suited to you can be a daunting task. However, there are also some simple energy efficiency measures people could install that could really help make a difference to household energy bills.

With this in mind, I would like to invite you to an event I am hosting at 1pm  on the 20th of February at George Lawton Hall in Mossley, where we will be discussing what action you can take to recue your energy bills.

We will be joined by Tim Pollard, Head of Sustainability at Wolseley UK, which is the UK arm of one of the world’s biggest suppliers to the plumbing and heating industry. Tim’s work is focused on making our energy use more sustainable, and he will be sharing his thoughts on what you can do to reduce the amount of energy you waste in your home. We will also be joined by representatives from Tameside Citizen’s Advice Bureau as well as the local council.

If you would like to register to attend the event, or would just like more information, please contact my office on 0161 367 8077.

Need advice on managing your energy bills? Come and find out how!

  Creative commons photo by KeWynn Lee The cost of heating our homes is one of the most prominent concerns for a lot of households at the moment. A combination...

STEV1048.jpgJonathan Reynolds MP ‘cut the ribbon’ at an opening ceremony for the new and improved Carrbrook Post Office on Monday.

Work at the Carrbrook branch has been carried out as part of the Post Offices plans to modernise their network and extend opening hours for customers.

The new and improved Post Office will be open from 06:00-22:00 Monday to Saturday, and 08:00-22:00 on Sunday, and customers will be able to access a wide range of Post Office services, from Special Delivery’s to Tax Discs.

Commenting on the opening, Mr Reynolds said:  "I welcomed the news that Carrbrook Post Office was to be modernised and am delighted to be here today to congratulate Peter and Sallyann on their hard work, and to formally open the new branch.

He added: "The Post Office is vital to the community around Carrbrook and I'm sure the new improved office, and the longer opening hours, will be warmly welcomed by all of my constituents."

Post Office owners, Peter and Sally Ann Swain, said: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to open the new branch and very pleased to be officially launching it today for the community. I hope our customers like their new Post Office and we’d like to thank Jonathan Reynolds for taking time from his busy schedule to come here today.  We’d also like to thank the local community for their continued support and use of the branch.”

Jonathan cuts the ribbon at new Post Office in Carrbrook

Jonathan Reynolds MP ‘cut the ribbon’ at an opening ceremony for the new and improved Carrbrook Post Office on Monday. Work at the Carrbrook branch has been carried out as...

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Trying to sort out the dreadful congestion we face in the Longdendale area is, and always be, a priority for me. As our MP, and a former Longdendale councillor and resident of both Hollingworth and Mottram, I am determined to put an end to the traffic problem that plagues people in the area.

In 2009 the Highways Agency abandoned the plans for the Mottram-Tintwistle bypass after the projected costs escalated, leaving us all extremely disappointed.

After being elected as our MP, I began trying to get things moving again. I was adamant that the Government must understand that a solution still needed to be found, and that planning for that should be happening now.

So, for the past couple of years, myself, and the MP for High Peak Andrew Bingham, plus a range of local Councils including Tameside, High Peak, Barnsley and Derbyshire, have been working together to try and get this issue back on the agenda.

Only the Department of Transport has the resources to conduct this kind of work and at first getting them to take an interest wasn't easy. However in July, as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury announced plans for a ‘feasibility study’ that would be undertaken by the Highways Agency to look at the traffic problems along the Trans-Pennine route (which includes the A628 and M67 in Longdendale).

The broad purpose of such a study is to identify strategic weaknesses in the road network, estimate how much of a priority these problems are, and, perhaps most importantly, try to put a cost on a solution. I think it is important our problems are being considered as part of a wider solution, as in the past focusing on it simply as a local issue has not yielded the kind of resources we need.

Despite the lack of detail I welcomed this announcement as a first step towards getting the Department for Transport to recommit itself to solving the traffic problems in Longdendale and throughout the Trans-Pennine corridor.

However, I am pleased to be able to tell you that the roads Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, has recently been in touch with me to confirm that work on this study is now getting started, and that it is the intention for this work to be completed by the Autumn of this year. 

As a first step, I will be engaging with the Highways Agency in the coming weeks to ensure that the scope of this study will be sufficient, and I will be making clear what I think needs to happen to address the issues that have inspired this work to take place.

As ever, I am keen to keep constituents interested in this matter well informed, and am happy to speak to anybody who wishes to discuss this issue further.

 

Progress on Longdendale traffic problems

Trying to sort out the dreadful congestion we face in the Longdendale area is, and always be, a priority for me. As our MP, and a former Longdendale councillor and...

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The Government have announced details of a feasibility study that will look at options for new road investment in the Trans-Pennine area.

The study could have big implications for residents in Mottram and Hollingworth, who have to live with the heavy congestion linked to the Trans-Pennine route.

The feasibility study was announced as part of the Chancellor’s Comprehensive Spending Review last summer, but up until now no further detail had been provided by the Government.

Part of the Government’s Action for Roads strategy, the study will look at congestion on the roads along the Trans-Pennine route (including the A57 and A628 in Mottram and Hollingworth) and try to identify potential solutions.

The Department from Transport has confirmed that work on the study will commence soon with a view to being completed towards the end of 2014 to coincide with the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

Local MP, Jonathan Reynolds, a long time supporter of plans for a bypass in the Longdendale area, has welcomed the study as “a crucial first step” towards relieving the congestion in the area.

Mr Reynolds said:

“I have always said that any solution to the congestion in Longdendale would have to involve a new road that bypasses Mottram and Hollingworth.”

“When I became our MP in 2010 the Highways Agency had withdrawn their support for the proposed Mottram-Tintwistle bypass, and I knew that the primary focus had to be on getting them to accept that there was a need for significant investment in the area.”

“I believe that the case for new investment in the area is indisputable, but the challenge was always going to be getting the Government to buy into that.

“This is a crucial first step to getting Government to support the investment that we need, and I am very pleased that we have managed to prevent the issue falling off the agenda for another generation.”

Jonathan welcomes Highway's Agency study of Trans-Pennine road problems

The Government have announced details of a feasibility study that will look at options for new road investment in the Trans-Pennine area. The study could have big implications for residents...

For most people the stress of Christmas preparation is over for another year. But Stalybridge and Hyde MP, Jonathan Reynolds, is already planning ahead.

Every year Mr Reynolds runs a competition to help with the design of his Parliamentary Christmas cards, inviting local photographers to submit their photos of the local area for the front of his cards.

Mr Reynolds said:

“I send a lot of Christmas cards to colleagues in and around Westminster and I think it is really nice to be able to show off the areas local beauty spots on the front.”

“We have some really talented photographers in the area, and every time I have asked for submissions there has been no shortage of great pictures.”

“I know some people will think it’s a bit early to be thinking about Christmas again, but a lot of time goes in to producing the cards so it’s never too early to start!”

Mr Reynolds will be taking submissions up until the end of March when he will be choosing the winner. He asks that anyone interested in submitting a photograph can do so by emailing him at jonathan@jonathanreynolds.org.uk

Jonathan announces 2014 Christmas card competition

For most people the stress of Christmas preparation is over for another year. But Stalybridge and Hyde MP, Jonathan Reynolds, is already planning ahead. Every year Mr Reynolds runs a...

MP Jonathan Reynolds has backed an appeal to send festive gifts to children in some of the poorest parts of the world.

Since 1990, Operation Christmas Child has asked people to fill shoeboxes with small gifts for children, between the ages of two and 11 and then shipped the brightly-wrapped shoeboxes to disadvantaged youngsters in eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.

Shoebox appeal spreads joy

MP Jonathan Reynolds has backed an appeal to send festive gifts to children in some of the poorest parts of the world. Since 1990, Operation Christmas Child has asked people... Read more

Big_Ben.jpgIPSA – the body set up to administer Parliamentary expenses – has recently published the latest details of claims made by MPs.

Claims made by MPs for items that include accommodation, travel and some office expenses are published on a bi-monthly basis.

And IPSA (the independent Parliamentary Standards Authority) has recently published claims made by MPs between June and July 2013. 

Published 14th November 2013.

IPSA: Publication of parliamentary expenses (June and July 2013)

IPSA – the body set up to administer Parliamentary expenses – has recently published the latest details of claims made by MPs. Claims made by MPs for items that include...

It has been a busy few weeks in Parliament as the post conference row around energy prices rumbles on.

For those who don’t already know I was promoted to the role of Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change in the recent frontbench reshuffle, and it is an exciting time to join the team.

Ever since Ed Miliband announced his pledge for a 20 month freeze on energy prices at Labour Party Conference last month, energy has not been out of the news.

Ed captured the nation’s attention, set the agenda, and shifted the debate on to the cost of living, where Labour has a clear advantage over the Tories.

We have demonstrated that we are on the side of ordinary people who are suffering with the cost of living crisis, and we are not afraid to step on some toes in the search for solutions.

People regularly cite rising gas and electricity bills as one of their central financial concerns.

There is a general feeling that they are not getting a good deal from their energy suppliers. Prices only ever seem to go up, and when one company does it the rest seem to follow suit.

This goes much deeper than the short term pressure of rising bills. We are dealing with a textbook case of market failure that has resulted in a handful of large companies being able to regularly overcharge their customers safe in the knowledge that nobody will stop them.

This is fertile territory for the Labour Party and our message is simple; we will take strong action against powerful vested interests who are acting with impunity at the expense of households and businesses.

The point of the price freeze is to give people a break whilst we push through much broader reforms to the energy market. We need more transparency so we can prevent the energy giants from hiding their true costs and profits by generating energy and selling it on to themselves.

We also intend to create more competition so that smaller firms can challenge the oligopoly of the Big Six.    

The price freeze pledge has put the Tories on the back foot. They are still struggling to come up with a response and David Cameron has begun to panic. He’s determined not to appear as if he is giving in to Labour pressure, but knows he needs something to say.

In desperation he has decided that he wants to cut back so called “green taxes” which help to fund a range of environmental and social policies, opening up fresh divisions within the coalition.

This is his attempt to look as if he has something to say, but in reality he still has no ideas on how to get people’s energy bills down.

He is unwilling to stand up to the energy giants and ordinary people are paying the price. I suspect that this issue is not going to go away anytime soon with more price rises likely in the coming weeks.

I am glad that I will have a role to play in it all as part of the frontbench team. If we continue to get this right I suspect we will someday look back on it as the point at which David Cameron lost all credibility as a leader.

 

Blog: Energy pledge is setting the agenda

It has been a busy few weeks in Parliament as the post conference row around energy prices rumbles on. For those who don’t already know I was promoted to the...

Tameside Council, together with Tameside College, this week announced an ambitious plan to invest in further education facilities in the borough.

This is a bold plan that will change Tameside for the better and impact on people throughout the borough - creating jobs and investing in new educational facilities. 

However, this is not simply about new buildings and saving money, it is part of a broader effort to make our town centres stronger and more resilient during difficult times.

This is something that matters greatly to me because I believe that town centres play a central role in helping facilitate a sense of community and well-being. 

That is why I am delighted that in the run up to Christmas, the local Town Teams across our local area are working closely with business forums to ensure that there is a wide variety of events that will help bring families and local residents back into their town centre. 

In Stalybridge, on the 31st October, there will be the first ever lantern parade which should be a great occasion for children and adults alike.

This event follows on from a hugely successful craft market organised by Katherine Brookes from My Wonderful Little Designs where over 1700 people attended the event on the day. And let’s not forget about the Christmas lights switch-on on the 30th November with a special visit from Santa, organised by Stalybridge Business Forum with support from the Town Team. 

In Hyde, the Town Team and business forum will soon be launching the new ‘I love Hyde’ magazine which will offer information about local shops, the indoor market and community events that will be happening in Hyde.

One such event is the Halloween on the 26th October in the Civic Square. This will be followed by the annual Christmas lights switch-on on the 15th November with an ice rink visiting the Civic Square on the 23rd November. 

And in Mossley, the Town Team have been working hard to secure a Christmas market with more details of the event hopefully being released in the near future. This builds on efforts to develop an art trail in conjunction with the local Heritage Society. 

All of the Town Teams are made up of volunteers from all parts of the community including local businesses, community and faith leaders, residents, councillors and officers from the local authority.

It is this sense of cooperation that continues to endure across all of our local town centres and I am looking forward to what promises to be an exciting run up to Christmas this year.

 

Blog: Terrific towns

Tameside Council, together with Tameside College, this week announced an ambitious plan to invest in further education facilities in the borough. This is a bold plan that will change Tameside...

Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, has been promoted to the role of Shadow Climate Change Minister in today's reshuffle of the Labour frontbench.

Mr Reynolds, who has been the MP for Stalybridge and Hyde since 2010, will be taking over the Shadow Climate Change brief from Luciana Berger MP.

Mr Reynolds said: "I am absolutely delighted to be taking up this role. Climate Change is a hugely important issue and represents one of the most significant challenges of our time. It is a challenge Ed Miliband and the Labour Party are determined to meet, and I know this is an area of considerable personal interest to Ed.”

”In addition, the role comes with a wide-ranging list of responsibilities, and I will be seeking to do all I can to hold the Government to account for not easing the cost of living crisis in Britain.”

Until his appointment as a shadow minister, Jonathan served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Miliband since 2011, and was previously an Opposition whip.  

Published 8th October 2013

MP Reynolds promoted to Shadow Climate Change Minister

Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, has been promoted to the role of Shadow Climate Change Minister in today's reshuffle of the Labour frontbench. Mr Reynolds, who has been...

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