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Re-elected Gwynne outlines priorities in new constituency

On a hugely successful night for the Labour Party across the country, Andrew Gwynne won a clear victory in the re-election of Tameside MPs.

As part of a constituency review last year, the electoral map for Greater Manchester was redrawn. Gwynne stood in the newly formed Denton and Gorton constituency – consisting of Denton, Gorton, Burnage, Levenshulme and Longsight.

This also meant a change of venue on election night, as candidates made their way to Manchester Central to await the all-important result, which was not announced until around 5.30am on Friday (5 July).

Re-elected Gwynne outlines priorities in new constituency
Andrew Gwynne was re-elected as MP for Denton and Gorton

It was no great surprise that Gwynne followed in the footsteps of Angela Rayner in Ashton-under-Lyne and Jonathan Reynolds in Stalybridge and Hyde and retained his seat – and with a larger majority at that.

The incumbent Labour candidate received 18,555 votes – a 50.8 percent share of the vote and a majority of 13,413 votes – compared to 6,175 votes in 2019. Voter turnout in the constituency was a modest 47 percent.

Gwynne said it was an “absolute honour” to be elected to what he described as a “different constituency” but one “that I am really keen to represent as it spans the boroughs of Tameside and Manchester”.

He told The Correspondent: “The people of Denton and Gorton voted for change. The next Labour government will deliver on that mandate for change. We will do everything we can to rebuild this country, rebuild the infrastructure and make places like Tameside and Manchester stronger and fairer.”

Andrew Gwynne MP – General Election 2024

“Of course I am really sorry to give up Audenshaw and Dukinfield after 19 years but they are now in the very capable hands of our new Deputy Prime Minister (Angela Rayner). But it remains the greatest privilege to represent the town of Denton where I have always lived, gone to school, brought my own family and represented first on Tameside Council and then in Parliament for 28 years. I hope to continue to do my best for the people of Denton and the new area.”

Gwynne expressed how “incredible” it was that Tameside would be well represented in the newly formed Labour government with Rayner as Deputy Prime Minister and Reynolds as Business Secretary, but acknowledged that the hard work now begins.

“We are under pressure to deliver not just for Tameside but for the whole country,” he said. “It is a challenge that all three of us enjoy. I have been an MP for 19 years, the first five years on the government benches and the next 14 years in opposition. I know which I prefer.

“We have had to make some really difficult decisions in my first five years as a member of the Government, things that were sometimes difficult to vote for, but we have also changed people’s lives for the better.

“Over the last 14 years I have made some great speeches, I have made some great parliamentary interventions, I have made some great interventions with ministers and I have thrown some body punches and punches but I have not changed a single vote. I could not do anything meaningful from the opposition benches because there were not enough Labour MPs. Opposition is futile, so enough talk, now it is time to act.”

As attention now turns to how Labour will tackle the country’s big issues, Gwynne outlined what the local priorities will be over the next five years.

“I want to make sure we rebuild the infrastructure, that we build the homes that future generations need, that we fix the environment, that our rivers and air are clean, that our green spaces are there for people to enjoy and relax in. We also want our schools to be world-leading and we need to fix our broken NHS.”

As is usual locally, Nigel Farage’s right-wing populist party Reform UK enjoyed enormous support, and its candidate Lee Moffitt came second with 5,142 votes.

Amanda Gardner came third in the poll for the Greens with 4,810 votes, while the Workers Party of Britain came fourth with Amir Burney, who received 3,766 votes.

Ruth Welsh – who previously represented the Hyde Werneth ward on Tameside Council – received 2,888 votes for the Conservatives. The Liberal Democrats received the fewest votes, with John Reid receiving 1,399 votes.

But it was undoubtedly a night for Labour, as Gwynne secured another term as Denton’s representative, having represented the region in Parliament in the Denton and Reddish constituency since 2005.

The 50-year-old, whose wife Allison is a Labour councillor for Denton North East, served as parliamentary private secretary to several ministers during Labour’s last term in government before holding several shadow cabinet posts during his time in office.