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Denton MP Gwynne becomes minister

ALL three Tameside MPs have now become ministers in the newly formed Labour government.

Andrew Gwynne, MP for the new constituency of Denton and Gorton, was appointed Minister for Health.

He follows in the footsteps of Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, who will become the new Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Equalities, and Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, who will become the new Business Secretary.

Denton MP Gwynne becomes minister
Andrew Gwynne MP – General Election 2024

The appointment on Tuesday (9 July) came on the same day that Gwynne was sworn in as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons by taking the oath of allegiance to His Majesty King Charles.

Gwynne said it was an honour to be asked by Sir Keir Starmer to take on the role and he looked forward to playing his role.

“I am honoured to be asked by the Prime Minister to serve as Minister for Health in the Department of Health and Social Care,” he commented.

“From protecting future generations from the dangers of smoking, tackling childhood obesity and reducing the harm of gambling, to tackling health inequalities, ending new cases of HIV or ensuring a laser-like focus on prevention across our health system, this is an area with real potential to fundamentally impact people’s lives.

“I look forward to working with our great team of ministers and playing my part in delivering the change that people across our country have voted for.”

Gwynne was elected as the first MP for the newly created constituency of Denton and Gorton in last week’s general election with 50.8 percent of the vote.

The 50-year-old has been MP for the former constituency of Denton and Reddish since 2005.

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

Gwynne served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to several ministers during the last Labour government before holding several Shadow Cabinet posts during his time in office, including Shadow Secretary of State for Public Health.

Before becoming an MP, he became England’s youngest councillor in May 1996. He was elected to Tameside Council to represent Denton West ward, a post he held for nearly nine years.