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.
High Peak MP Andrew Bingham and Stalybridge & Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds have this week reassured local residents that a solution to the traffic problems between Mottram and Tintwistle is still very much on their agenda.
The pair spoke just after attending the latest meeting of stakeholders for the Trans-Pennine Feasibility Study in Sheffield. The study was set up last year following personal representations to the Chancellor, and a dedicated team of officials from the Highways Agency and Department for Transport have been working on it ever since.
As part of the Government’s Action for Roads strategy, the study is looking at congestion on the roads along the Trans-Pennine route - including the A57 through Glossop and the A628 through Mottram, Hollingworth and Tintwistle - and also looking at identifying potential solutions.
The work is now in its third and final stage and should report in time for the Chancellor's Autumn Statement later this year.
"On being elected back in 2010, one of the first things in my sights was a bypass for Tintwistle and a spur-road to Glossop. I have spent four years pestering the Chancellor and various Ministers about this issue and highlighting the major traffic problems, so I was pleased to finally see some movement last year in the form of this feasibility study.
"At the latest meeting I was pleased to see the work that has been done on looking at all possible solutions and testing them against various criteria, and that these solutions will now be tested in greater detail.
"Whilst I don't know what the final report will say, I remain hopeful that it will officially confirm what we all know - that there is a major problem here - and I am also hopeful that it will propose real solutions for the Government to look seriously at."
Gamesley Bowling Club marked its 20th anniversary by inviting local MP Andrew Bingham to join club members as part of their regular Open Night on Monday 28th July.
The MP, who admitted he had bunked off school to play bowls as a lad in Chapel-en-le-Frith, brushed up on the finer points of the game known as “chess on grass” with Club Secretary John Hulston who said:
“The twentieth anniversary is very important to us and as well as a series of events through the summer we wanted to have one special evening of celebration. The club was opened by Councillor John Francis who has now sadly passed away so we thought asking the MP, who is known for being 'sporty', would be a fitting nod to the past.”
Also joining the celebrations was Councillor Anthony McKeown, deputy leader of High Peak Borough Council, which built the bowls club as an asset for the community of Gamesley. Twenty years later the club competes in four different leagues with men’s, women’s and mixed teams and is keen to expand.
Secretary Hulston added:
“We have the capacity to accommodate more bowlers and are keen to recruit existing players, people who have tried the game before but never taken it up and complete beginners.
“In the last few weeks with the weather being so pleasant we have seen nearly a dozen new faces, all beginners, learning the rudiments and having a great time into the bargain.”
The club has also benefitted from 'the Games effect' as people inspired by the Commonwealth Games Lawn Bowls have been drawn to the Melandra Castle Road club.
“They were a bit surprised to find that our green isn’t flat when they turned up,” explained Hulston, “But apparently they felt it was close enough and enjoyed learning the ropes.”
Anyone wishing to give bowls a try can ring John on 07871 935255, come along to the Open Night any Monday or just pop their heads in when they see him mowing the green one afternoon.
Andrew has this week spoken of his delight at the Government's decision not to force Chapel-en-le-Frith Primary School to become an academy.
Following robust representations and lobbying from Andrew on behalf of parents, teachers and governors of the school, the Government announced their decision this week in a letter to the governors.
"I'm absolutely delighted that, following a concerted effort by myself and everyone involved with the school, Chapel Primary School will now be able to move forward with their plan to improve, without the upheaval which would be caused by forcing them to become an academy.
"Whilst I am in favour of academies, as being an academy allows schools to have greater control of their own budget and frees them from the shackles of the Local Authority, I strongly believe that becoming an academy should be a choice the school makes themselves at a time of their choosing, and only if they feel that is what is best for their school.
"I hope that the school can now concentrate on the future without any more uncertainty."
High Peak MP Andrew Bingham helped organise a fantastic day for local secondary school pupils last week, as they got an inside look at the Music industry at Glossopdale Community College.
The action packed day was arranged in association with UK Music, the body which oversees the UK music industry. It saw year 10 students from secondary schools across the High Peak come to Glossopdale to talk to experts and music executives about jobs in the industry and the skills employers are looking for now and in the future.
The UK Music Skills and Schools programme was designed in conjunction with Glossopdale Community College to give young people the chance to learn about the many different career paths in the music industry. It covered everything from song-writing and promotion to management and A&R, in a bid to help pupils who want a job in the music industry get the advice and appropriate skills to help them fulfil that dream.
One of the Ambassadors for UK Music was none other than Oritse Williams from boy-band JLS. He wowed students and teachers alike as he joined in with the workshops. Also present was BBC 6Music's Chris Hawkins, Music Producer Steve Levine, and others from the industry.
At the end of the day, once all the workshops were over, the pupils were treated to a performance from up-and-coming band The Lottery Winners.
"I'm delighted with how the event went, and I want to thank everyone who made it possible - UK Music, Glossopdale Community College, the other schools who came along, and the industry professionals who gave up their day to inspire pupils from across the High Peak.
"We live in a fantastic part of the world, but we are rural, we're caught between Manchester and Sheffield and things like this always seem to happen in the cities. One of the parts of my job is to make sure that we are not left behind, we get these opportunities and actually we've done really well because this is only the second time in the whole country that this kind of event has happened."