Andrew Bingham MP

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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 helps Street Crane open new £3 million Hoist Factory

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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."

 

Local MPs keep pushing for badly-needed Bypass

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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.

Andrew said:

"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."

 

Andrew raises almost £5000 for High Peak Women’s Aid

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Local MP Andrew Bingham is this week recovering from his 65-mile walk around the High Peak, which has so far raised almost £5000 for Glossop-based charity High Peak Women’s Aid.

High Peak Women’s Aid has supported families experiencing domestic abuse across the High Peak for 35 years. They support up to 400 women, men, children and young people every year, working with them to overcome current difficulties and contributing to improvements in their overall safety and wellbeing.

The active MP walked from the Snake Pass inn, through Glossop to Hayfield, through New Mills and Whaley Bridge to Buxton, then on through Peak Forest to Castleton, and through Hope and Bamford before finishing at the Snake Pass inn again.

Along the way, he called in on Mettrick’s Butchers in Glossop and Buxton Water, who both sponsored the hike. The main sponsor was The Dow Chemical Company, and other sponsors were No.6 The Square Tearooms, Cottage Craft Spirals, HD Sharman, High Peak Radio, Lafarge Tarmac, Glossop Business Network, Federal Mogul, Mountain Warehouse, The Royal Hotel Hayfield, The Old Hall Hotel in Buxton, and The Cheshire Cheese in Castleton.

Andrew has also raised over £1000 so far on his JustGiving page – www.justgiving.com/HighPeakHike2014 – and he hopes to raise a bit more now the hike is finished, to take the total amount raised to over £5000.

He said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to have raised so much money for High Peak Women’s Aid. Nearly £5000 is a tremendous amount of money, and I want to thank all the companies who have sponsored me, as well as everyone who has individually sponsored me – they’ve been so generous, and I hope to still raise a little bit more, to push the total over the £5000 mark.

“I’m still quite sore, but it was definitely worth it – not only for the views of the stunning countryside we live alongside, but also for the amount I raised, which has far exceeded any of the previous hikes I’ve done.”

 

Andrew welcomes decision not to force Academisation on Chapel Primary School

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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.

Andrew said:

"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."

 

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