Andrew Bingham MP

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I'm Andrew Bingham and I'm delighted to have been re-elected to represent the High Peak in Parliament, having done so since May 2010.  I was born in the High Peak, and having lived here all my life it has meant a great deal to me to be able to stand up for our area in Parliament and make sure that local people had a strong voice in Westminster.

On this website you will find how to contact me as well as examples of some issues and campaigns I've been involved with.  There are also links to local organisations and other local information which should be of use to you if you live in the constituency.  If you are a constituent and would like to get in touch, I would be very happy to hear from you.


MPs and Peers join Andrew on Edale walk

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Local MP Andrew Bingham welcomed a number of MPs and Lords last Friday, as they came to Edale for the annual walk of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mountaineering.

The walk gave the MPs an opportunity to reflect on the value of climbing, walking and mountaineering to the health and wellbeing of the nation, and the impact that everyday outdoor recreation can have alongside mainstream sporting activities.

The walk also allowed for discussions on how adventure activity and minority sporting activities such as climbing and hillwalking can be adequately supported in the Peak District and beyond.

Andrew was joined on the walk by a number of MPs and Peers, along with representatives from leading outdoor organisations, such as BMC president Rehan Siddiqui, BMC access officers, and colleagues from the Ramblers and the Peak District National Park. The BMC represents a growing membership of over 80,000 keen climbers, mountaineers and hill walkers.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Mountaineering (Mountaineering APPG) is co-chaired by David Rutley MP (Macclesfield) and John Mann MP (Bassetlaw). Other parliamentarians attending the walking meeting were Andrew Bingham MP, Lord Haworth, Angela Smith MP (Penistone & Stocksbridge), Derek Twigg MP (Halton), Graham Evans MP (Weaver Vale), Nia Griffith MP (Llanelli) and Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe).

Andrew said:

"I was absolutely delighted to welcome members of the Mountaineering APPG to the Hope Valley. I keep telling other MPs that the High Peak is the most beautiful constituency in the country, and I think they now see why.

“It was also good to talk to Rehan and others about how the Peak Park is managing the access routes, including the Pennine Way, as well as other issues in the Park.”

David Rutley said:

“It’s good to see interest in outdoor recreation increasing and the membership of the BMC growing; I think this is a sign that more people are getting outdoors and discovering the adventurous possibilities of our wonderful countryside.

"Everyday outdoor recreational activities are a positive way to tackle the challenge of physical inactivity and it is great to see more parliamentary champions promoting them.”

Dr Cath Flitcroft, BMC access & conservation policy officer said:

“A large number of MPs are now engaged with the outdoor agenda. We’re keen to highlight the importance of partnership working and explore ideas as to how National Parks can continue to deliver crucial environmental, economic and social benefits to both local communities and the nation.”


Andrew expresses anger at train decision

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Local MP Andrew Bingham has this week reacted angrily to the news that Glossop and Hadfield will lose the current Class 323 electric trains, amid fears that they could be replaced with inferior units.

The decision has come from the train leasing company Porterbrooks - who currently lease the electric trains to Northern Rail - not to offer them to the bidders for the new rail franchise, which begins next April. It is not yet clear what kind of trains they would be replaced by, but Andrew is fearful that the line will end up with inferior rolling stock, and has vowed to fight this possibility.

He said:

"I'm very concerned about this news. The decision to remove these electric trains from this line could be a real slap in the face for rail commuters across Glossopdale.

"The current trains are already some of the more modern on the network, and I really fear what commuters could end up with. I really hope that we don't end up with inferior or slower trains running on the line, as that would be a real step backwards.

"I have written a very strongly-worded letter to the train leasing company about this. I have also written to the Transport Secretary to express my anger about this decision, and I intend to speak to him face-to-face about this to see if he is able to intervene in any way.

"It is simply unacceptable that we could end up with an inferior service, and I will be fighting as hard as I can to prevent that outcome."


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Andrew joins WellFit CIC for research project launch

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Local MP Andrew Bingham joined Glossop- based social enterprise WellFit CIC last week as they launched their year-long research project "Tunics for Goalposts" at Gamesley Library where, courtesy of Derbyshire County Council's Library Service, the group of local amateur historians will be based. The project is supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £9700.

To mark the Centenary of the First World War, the project will enable local people to come together to find out more about "Glossop, Football and the Great War". Taking as its start point a photograph of the 1914-15 Glossop Football Club team who played in the Second Division of the Football League, the group will find out what Glossop was like in 1914 and how it could support a top-flight football team; what happened to the men in the team during and after the war; how the lives of the women of Glossop changed as a result of the war; and whether any local residents can trace their family history back to the players in the photograph.

Glossop FC played clubs whose average gate was higher than the population of the town and mixed with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Aston Villa. Nowadays, having reverted to their original name Glossop North End, the club is drawing crowds measured in hundreds but is still a key part of the town's culture.

Curator of the project Allen Battersby, who dressed as a World War 1 recruiting sergeant for the launch, explained how the project would work:

"Volunteers will get together every Monday from 2pm at Gamesley Library where we will have access to genealogy websites, newspaper records, print publications on local and Great War history and the support of the library staff to research particular themes.

"We already have a couple of people researching individual players and another looking at the cotton industry in Glossop before the war. The information they have discovered will then be added to the dedicated website and we'll build up a picture. It might take all year and we might not get to the bottom of every thread we start on but the process is just as important as the outputs. We want Glossop people to know more about heritage, and to have an enjoyable and sociable time doing it."

Andrew said:

"I was delighted to attend the launch of this very worthwhile project. I'm sure that the group will uncover some interesting aspects of Glossop's history, and it's great that the volunteers will be working together and in the local area to do this research and make this happen. I look forward to seeing what they discover."


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