Welcome to my website
I'm Andrew Bingham and I'm delighted to represent the High Peak in Parliament. I was born in the High Peak, and having lived here all my life it means a great deal to me to be able to stand up for our area in Parliament and make sure that local people have 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. I hold regular surgeries all around the constituency but if you are an organiser of a local group, a teacher at a local school, or involved in a local business which you feel would benefit from a visit please let me know.
Andrew Bingham MP has this week welcomed the news of a consultation on Glossopdale Community College being re-built on the Hadfield site.
"I am absolutely delighted to hear that there are plans for Glossopdale Community College to finally be re-built. I have been pushing for this for years - indeed, I raised the possibility of rebuilding it during a debate in Parliament back in 2011. It is long overdue, so if the plan is approved it would be tremendous news for Glossopdale pupils and teachers.
"I'm also very pleased to see that Derbyshire County Council has continued the process that began under the previous administration - following pressure from myself and others at the time to get the whole process started - and that they are now wanting to take their plans to public consultation.
"I hope the Cabinet meeting next Tuesday approves the report, and I would urge everyone in Glossop, Hadfield and the surrounding areas to get involved in the consultation, as this will not only affect the future of our children, but will also affect local residents too.
"Following the public consultation, the plans will have to go to the Secretary of State for Education for her to approve them, and I hope to be able to work with the council to do whatever I can to help get her approval for these plans.
"This is about the future education of our children, and as such reaches across party lines, with both main parties having done work towards this at different times. This is an exciting proposal for the local area, and I'm very happy that it now looks to be within touching distance."
Local MP Andrew Bingham presented a cheque to High Peak Women’s Aid last week for the money he raised by hiking over 65 miles around the constituency.
The active MP did the gruelling hike over 5 days back in August, and raised a total of almost £5200 for the Glossop-based charity.
“I always try to do something each year to raise money for a local charity, and this year I decided to do another hike in aid of High Peak Women’s Aid. They are a very worthwhile charity – working hard to help both men and women who are victims of domestic abuse.
“I want to thank everyone who sponsored me – especially the many local companies who gave so generously. I’m delighted to have raised over £5000, which I know will go to help those in need. I always feel that by raising money for local charities, the money finds its way to the local people who I am proud to represent.”
High Peak MP Andrew Bingham met with the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, in Tintwistle this Tuesday (7 Oct 2014) and showed him first-hand where the traffic problems are.
Andrew hopes that by seeing the area for himself, the Secretary of State will get a better idea of the problems that the traffic causes – not just for motorists, but also for local residents.
The Secretary of State said:
“I’ve come this morning at Andrew’s request. It is the routes and the villages in particular along the A57 and the A628 which gets the heaviest traffic, but that also has an effect on the rest of the area as well. So it’s not just those areas, although even on a damp morning like this morning you could see the amount of lorries that are using that particular road.”
The visit comes as the TransPennine Study into the traffic problems - and possible solutions - gets ready to report in time for the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement later in early December.
The Secretary of State added:
“I think it is right that we have a look at the longer term plan for the whole area. There would be huge consultation if a decision and a preferred route is brought forward and people will be asked for their views on that. So this isn’t something that is going to be imposed on people; we’ll work with people.”
“I’m very grateful to Patrick to coming here at such short notice. We as local people know the problems that the traffic causes here, but it’s hard for someone who doesn’t live in the area to get a proper idea of what it’s like without actually visiting, so I’m pleased that Patrick agreed to come and have a look for himself.
“Although the study hasn’t yet reported, I’ve been very impressed with the work that’s been done so far. The evidence it’s turned up at the moment is very much in line with what I expected it to be. It’ll report closer to the Autumn Statement and then we’ll see what happens and where it takes us.
“Rest assured though, whatever it reports, I’ll keep fighting and pushing for a bypass, as it’s been desperately needed for years.”
Andrew Bingham MP joined visitors from around the world to celebrate the opening of Street Crane's new £3 million hoist factory last week. Street is the UK’s largest crane and hoist manufacturer and around 70 per cent of their £35 million turnover is derived from the sale of hoists and crane kits to overseas manufacturers.
The new hoist factory will give the company capacity to increase wire rope hoist production from a current level of 2500 hoists to 3200 hoists per year. The company anticipates that, based on current growth, a second shift will be needed by 2016 to double production – bringing further jobs.
Over ten per cent of Street Crane’s 200 strong staff work in research and development. This involves the development and refinement of cranes and hoists and also bespoke software for crane design and costing which Street supply to their overseas partners as part of their support package.
Managing Director, Andrew Pimblett, said:
"We currently have the strongest order book in our history. We have worked hard to build an international network of nearly 90 overseas distributors in 48 countries.
To support our global network we have continually invested in the business, creating products such as our ZX hoist range to meet mainstream lifting needs up to 80 tonnes. This is a product specifically developed for world markets and is designed to conform to multiple international standards and be adaptable to demanding end user requirements."
Andrew Bingham MP said:
"I was delighted to officiate at the opening. Street Crane are a fantastic local company who export all over world. Indeed, when I visited the troops in Afghanistan a couple of years ago I saw two cranes from Streets operating in Camp Bastion.
"I was especially pleased as my late father worked for Street Crane many years ago. It's great to see High Peak companies prospering, expanding and creating more jobs and employment for local people as the economy continues to recover and grow."