Gwynne’s Corner: Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, looks back on a decade in politics and at opportunities ahead

EVERY new year is an opportunity for reflection and new resolutions, but this one is perhaps particularly special as January 1 this year marked not just the start of a new year, but a new decade – the 2020s.

Andrew Gwynne MP

Some of you may have seen on social media (or may have done it yourselves) people sharing pictures from 2010 and 2020 to see how much they had changed over the decade.

For me, I started the decade as Ed Balls’s parliamentary aide with Labour in Government and ended it in the Shadow Cabinet but with Labour having just suffered an incredibly disappointing defeat.

This might seem like quite a drastic difference, but in the most important respect there hasn’t been any change at all. I both started and ended this decade with the best job in the world – Member of Parliament for Denton and Reddish, the constituency where I grew up and where I have raised my family.

It has been such an honour representing our community in Parliament during the 2010s and I’m incredibly grateful to all of those of you who put your faith in me again at last month’s general election so that I can continue into the 2020s.

However, it was – as I’ve already hinted – a very difficult election for the Labour Party and there were many people who felt they could not vote for us and I would like them to know I will be working hard on their behalf too.

With all this in mind, it is clear that the new year will be full of new challenges as I continue to fight for the interests and priorities of people in our towns. Now that the Conservatives have a majority again, it will be more difficult in some respects, but this will just mean that I’ll have to fighter harder.

I don’t want this column to be all doom and gloom – the new year also presents new opportunities and there is so much to look forward to here in Denton.

One of the things that I am most excited about is the opening of our new Wellness Centre this spring. I’ve been lucky enough to have had a sneak peak and it really is a fantastic place that will offer so much to our community.

So, here’s hoping that it’ll be a great year – and decade – for Denton!

One Reply to “Gwynne’s Corner: Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, looks back on a decade in politics and at opportunities ahead”

  1. Andrew I am in my seventies I have been a labour voter and trade union member most of my life the conflict I felt at the last election I am sure was felt by the red wall who lent their votes to the conservatives. What is concerning me at the moment is the labour denial over the reasons for the lost election all I hear is Brexit from shadow ministers they are still not takeing on board what all my friends and family think impacted the vote unskilled immigrant and the impact on housing/National health/holding down wages/Crime/benefits most British people are proud to be British but labour have lost that as well the leaderships support of the goverment over the Salisbury incident highlighted that and the failure to take a strong leadership line over antisemitism was disgraceful. Lots of voters do not like the way momentum have bullied and harassed MP,s out of their job for having a different view I know how the wip works and I have always believed that a team is made up of different strengths and weaknesses but that does not seem to be allowed any more .Andrew I could go on and on I understand you are part of the group looking at why the election was lost you may not agree with my views but please take the message over momentum and the need to limit their control.

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