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I'm Andrew Bingham and I'm delighted to represent the High Peak in Parliament. I was born in Buxton, and having lived in the High Peak 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.
Local MP Andrew Bingham is getting behind local businesses in the run up to the Tour de France passing close to Glossop next year. The hard-working MP is hosting a Roadshow at Bradbury House which aims to help local businesses understand what the famous cycle race means for them and the opportunities it brings.
Next year’s Tour de France begins with two stages in Yorkshire on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July. On Sunday 6 July the second stage enters the High Peak for 6 miles, a few short miles north-east of Glossop, with the riders descending Holme Moss before going up over Woodhead on their way to Sheffield.
The Roadshow event Andrew is hosting is completely free for local businesses, organisations and cycle clubs to attend. It runs from 10:30am - 12noon on Friday 31 January 2014 at Bradbury House in Glossop, and will be run by Welcome to Yorkshire, the tourism board for Yorkshire, who convinced the race organisers to start the 2014 event in their county.
“The impact of the Tour de France on towns and villages along the route cannot be underestimated - for example, hotels along the route are already getting booked up in anticipation of the event - and as Glossop is the closest town to that section of the route, I’m inviting local businesses and organisations to the roadshow I am hosting to help them understand how it affects them and what they can do to maximise their opportunities.
“It is tempting to think that the Tour de France is just another cycle race, that it won't have much of an effect on Glossop or our local businesses, and that we won't really notice it happening. Figures I have seen show that the exact opposite could be true. The Tour de France is not just the biggest cycle race in the world; it is also the world's largest annual sporting event.
“I want to help businesses in Glossop be ready for the Tour's arrival. By hosting this roadshow I hope to help them prepare for next July and all the opportunities the Tour – and its many spectators – will bring.”
Businesses and organisations can register for the Roadshow quickly and easily by visiting www.tdfroadshowglossop.eventbrite.co.uk.
Andrew has this week reacted to the news that Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service are planning to reduce the number of fire stations in the High Peak. He said:
"I will be seeking an urgent meeting with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service about these proposals. Buxton Fire Station has barely been operational for two years, so I want to know exactly why they're wanting to move it yet again - it seems ridiculous to me.
"I'm also concerned about the proposals to close the fire stations in Whaley Bridge, New Mills and Chapel. Spending money to open a new station in Furness Vale seems odd, given that we have three stations in the area at the moment.
"I'm also very bothered about the proposal to move Glossop fire station from full-time to having retained staff on-call. We know that money is tight and all areas of service have to be looked at, but I do worry greatly about the impact on Glossop. I won't stand by and let this happen without having more information and looking at all other things that can be done.
"I would also urge local residents to support my views in the public consultation which has started this week. It appears as though we are having a re-run of the EMAS Ambulance Station proposals, which I and residents successfully countered."
People can respond to the consultation here.
Andrew got a taste of life on hospital wards last week, after working at Stepping Hill Hospital’s spinal unit.
The hard-working MP rolled up his sleeves to join the team who treat patients with broken backs and other spinal injuries.
His duties included making beds, cleaning tables, serving food and drinks to patients, and checking oxygen machines.
Andrew also spent time talking to both patients and staff, along with Carol Prowse, deputy chairman at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, who is also from the High Peak.
The specialist D4 spinal unit is only 18 months old, and has 24 staff seeing over around 4000 patients a year. It looks after patients following their operations and manages other spinal recovery and treatment. Since the unit was set up the average length of stay has reduced from five days to just 36 hours.
"It is very easy to sit in Westminster and make decisions over a wide variety of services and sectors, but I have always said the best way to understand how things work is to see them at first hand. That was why I wanted to do a shift at the hospital.
"I thoroughly enjoyed the day, as well as finding it informative and interesting. The staff all made me feel very welcome and I was pleased to be of assistance to them and the patients."
After an intervention from Andrew, Admiral Taverns have withdrawn from the sale to developers of the Anglers Rest pub in Bamford. Speaking about the news, Andrew said:
“I’m absolutely delighted that the owner of the Anglers Rest, Admiral Taverns, have extracted themselves from the contract they signed with developers.
“The residents of Bamford have come together over this issue and made it very clear that they want the pub to be owned by the community. I’m very pleased that a series of meetings and phone calls between myself and Admiral Taverns – some of which included a very frank exchange of views – have led to Admiral accepting the will of the community and backing out of their contract with the developer.
“I’m now very hopeful that the Bamford Community Society can negotiate with Admiral to bring the Anglers into community ownership, and I’m pleased to have been able to play a part in making that happen.”