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Labour Councillor for Hyde Werneth.

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Why We Should Not Fear UKIP

UKIP exists and grows because the media want an overnight success, so that when they fall they have another news story. Ignore Them.

UKIP exists because they’ve tapped into a fear within some of the people of the UK, the same as any nationalist party does. The difference is UKIP have the media, see the above.

So lets not fear UKIP, UKIP is a change from what many see as acceptable but in times of recession people move to extremes to protect themselves - it is nothing new.

In the Labour Party we shouldn’t be fearing this change, change is not a threat. Change is an oppurtunity. Survival should not be our goal, transformative success should be.

We should not fear UKIP because true value from the electorate is not simply given to those who show up in the local newspaper, but those who take action, those who make a difference, those who have the trust of the electorate. And this is something UKIP do not have, especially in the north.

Here are a few key facts from UKIP policies:

  • Farage thinks that “the approach we’ve got to take” is that Private Corporations should “run the National Health Service”.
  • No to Political Correctness” - otherwise known as Nigel’s right to be racist.
  • UKIP believe that Thatcher did NOT go far enough with her privatisation strategies.
  • UKIP would cut tax for millionaires, removing the 45p tax rate - cutting millionaires tax by around £100,000. It’s a tax that affects the top 1% of the UK population.
  • UKIP would look to introduce a “flat rate tax” of 31% - for someone on £30K per year this would increase the tax they pay by over £2,000.
  • Farage openly has called for the lifting of bonus limits on his friends, the Bankers!

So, stop wondering what UKIP are going to do - and look at what you can do today to make a real change to your community in a positive way. Let’s focus on showing the electorate that Labour is a party of Change, a party that believes in and works for the people of this country and not the Bankers (that Farage and Cameron do). 

We have nothing to fear, making transformative change is who this party are. Look at our roots, look at the NHS, look at the welfare system - we are for the many and not the few. 

Note: By “UKIP exists because they’ve tapped into a fear within some of the people of the UK, the same as any nationalist party does” I am really meaning the extremes of politics, BNP and the likes - NOT the SNP or Plaid Cymru etc who exist within “civil” politics.

Hyde Library Service - The Reality

Recently I spoke at a council meeting in regards to Hyde Library and the reason it is moving. I want to repeat those words here, such that residents of Hyde and Tameside can understand the current situation.

The costs for running the library this year including business rates, energy costs etc, just the library not the full building, is over £90,000. The remaining parts of the building cost a total of around £90,000 too - this is without taking into account maintenance and repair work.

All of the services within the Union Street building will move to Hyde Town Hall, this includes the library, the groups associated with it and others. This one move will save the council at least £180,000 each year. 

Now this goes no where near the amount that the Tory-led government are forcing the borough to cut over the next few years. But it is a move to Save Services that residents love and need, it is also a move that will make the Library service easier to access for the community.

graph of cuts to tameside council since 2010

The Conservative government are asking Tameside Council to cut a further £38 Million by 2017. This is ON TOP of the £104 Million of cuts since 2010! Thats £142 Million in total, this will mean Tameside Council is being forced to reduce spending per household each year by £1,500 since 2010. 

These cuts are unfair, they are affecting those who rely on Council services most more than any one else, they are affecting the services Tameside Council offers. 

It is because of these tory cuts that we MUST make the most of our assets and services, this means services are being moved to make them more effective and ensure the most effective use of buildings possible. This move will save £180,000 at least, thats a fraction of what we are being asked to save (£38M) but it means we can reduce the cuts we are being forced to make on services across Tameside. 

So, let me repeat. 

The Library service and groups associated with it will all move to Hyde Town Hall. The library service will not be cut, indeed the Town Hall will offer more - including further access to IT facilities and other council services.

The current plan is to simply moth-ball the building, it will then be assessed as to what the Council does with the building. Currently, beyond moth-balling, there are no plans for the building itself.

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As you have read above, TMBC must cut £38 Million in the next few years. To illustrate the difficulty the council faces in making this choice, and as part of the Big Conversation, recently the council released a Budget Simulator so that you can see where to make cuts and how this affects the total cutting we need to make. You can try the simulator here.

Cheshire County League Champions 2014 - Hyde Cricket Club
On behalf of Hyde Werneth Labour Party & Tameside Labour I would like to congratulate Hyde CC on winning the Cheshire County League. A superb bit of news for a great local sports team.
Tweet your congratulations to @HydeCC_SC
#33YearsInTheMaking

Cheshire County League Champions 2014 - Hyde Cricket Club

On behalf of Hyde Werneth Labour Party & Tameside Labour I would like to congratulate Hyde CC on winning the Cheshire County League. A superb bit of news for a great local sports team.

Tweet your congratulations to @HydeCC_SC

Fire at Manchester Dogs Home - Can You Please Help?
Last night a fire broke out at Manchester Dogs Home, a fire that so far has killed over 50 dogs - 150 other dogs have been very lucky indeed.
From the moment the public became aware of the fire they have been kind enough to donate blankets and food, as well as (as of this going live) raising nearly £500,000 for the home to be rebuilt and supported during this time.
At the bottom of this post is a link for you to donate money and help.
But I want to ask if you could help by donating a blanket or some food (wet or dry) to support the Dogs Home and ensure they can continue to do good work during this hard time.
If you are in the Tameside area, the Tameside Animal Shelter (Raglan St) is now an official drop-off point for this type of donation. They will ensure all donations for the Dogs Home are with them as soon as is practical, currently most donations on the scene are being stored at a local church. 
Thank You.
You can Donate at https://www.justgiving.com/ManchesterDogsHomeMEN
Or, you can donate by text by sending MDOG57 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070

Fire at Manchester Dogs Home - Can You Please Help?

Last night a fire broke out at Manchester Dogs Home, a fire that so far has killed over 50 dogs - 150 other dogs have been very lucky indeed.

From the moment the public became aware of the fire they have been kind enough to donate blankets and food, as well as (as of this going live) raising nearly £500,000 for the home to be rebuilt and supported during this time.

At the bottom of this post is a link for you to donate money and help.

But I want to ask if you could help by donating a blanket or some food (wet or dry) to support the Dogs Home and ensure they can continue to do good work during this hard time.

If you are in the Tameside area, the Tameside Animal Shelter (Raglan St) is now an official drop-off point for this type of donation. They will ensure all donations for the Dogs Home are with them as soon as is practical, currently most donations on the scene are being stored at a local church. 

Thank You.

You can Donate at https://www.justgiving.com/ManchesterDogsHomeMEN

Or, you can donate by text by sending MDOG57 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070

Earlier today I had the honour of opening a Vintage Wedding Fayre and Family Fun Day at The Joshua Bradley, Gee Cross. 
This brilliant event is all about promoting local businesses from Hyde, Tameside and across the border in Cheshire - businesses which are run by local people and offer services or products to local people predominantly. The very type of business I want to encourage the growth of and many more of.
In Hyde there are many local businesses, from those who bake amazing wedding cakes, to florists and local restaurants - plus all of the market traders we have. In recent years though we (as a society) have become accustomed to the supermarket and online shopping mentality of “everything in one place”, and whilst convenience does of course have its place it is my belief that we need to do more to encourage local people to buy from local businesses. 
A few years ago I recall that TMBC were ‘bashed’ for investing in a redesign of Hyde Market Square. This design was created together with the market traders and was designed to meet their needs. The redesign meant that Hyde could gain a new civic space, a Market Square which can be used for events - events like family fun day, charity events and seasonal events. This year there are a great number of events scheduled for the square, many of them family orientated, the aim simply to bring families into Hyde to enjoy the fun but also with the hope they buy from local businesses. And it works, the events and square are a success.
Between Hyde Town Team, Local Businesses, Tameside Council and the Local Community, I believe that our area can and will support more local businesses. But thanks to our modern ways of shopping online these will probably be businesses you don’t see trading on a market or in a shop – these are people who are private music tutors and singers, professional therapeutic massage practices, arts and craft businesses, those who sell vintage clothing through online stores, accountants who are self-employed etc. These are still businesses we need to support, just as much as those who are more visible in the town centre.
In order to grow Hyde and the surrounding areas, we need to promote these businesses more in general, we need more business fayres coupled with family fun days (like today’s wedding fayre) and we need to continue our efforts to bring more families and communities into the centre of our great town of Hyde.
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If you are looking for advice on Starting a Business in Tameside, visit the Tameside.gov.uk website today.

Earlier today I had the honour of opening a Vintage Wedding Fayre and Family Fun Day at The Joshua Bradley, Gee Cross. 

This brilliant event is all about promoting local businesses from Hyde, Tameside and across the border in Cheshire - businesses which are run by local people and offer services or products to local people predominantly. The very type of business I want to encourage the growth of and many more of.

In Hyde there are many local businesses, from those who bake amazing wedding cakes, to florists and local restaurants - plus all of the market traders we have. In recent years though we (as a society) have become accustomed to the supermarket and online shopping mentality of “everything in one place”, and whilst convenience does of course have its place it is my belief that we need to do more to encourage local people to buy from local businesses. 

A few years ago I recall that TMBC were ‘bashed’ for investing in a redesign of Hyde Market Square. This design was created together with the market traders and was designed to meet their needs. The redesign meant that Hyde could gain a new civic space, a Market Square which can be used for events - events like family fun day, charity events and seasonal events. This year there are a great number of events scheduled for the square, many of them family orientated, the aim simply to bring families into Hyde to enjoy the fun but also with the hope they buy from local businesses. And it works, the events and square are a success.

Between Hyde Town Team, Local Businesses, Tameside Council and the Local Community, I believe that our area can and will support more local businesses. But thanks to our modern ways of shopping online these will probably be businesses you don’t see trading on a market or in a shop – these are people who are private music tutors and singers, professional therapeutic massage practices, arts and craft businesses, those who sell vintage clothing through online stores, accountants who are self-employed etc. These are still businesses we need to support, just as much as those who are more visible in the town centre.

In order to grow Hyde and the surrounding areas, we need to promote these businesses more in general, we need more business fayres coupled with family fun days (like today’s wedding fayre) and we need to continue our efforts to bring more families and communities into the centre of our great town of Hyde.

If you are looking for advice on Starting a Business in Tameside, visit the Tameside.gov.uk website today.

I went COMPLETELY bald for Macmillan Cancer Support, raising awareness and funds for them.
Above is a picture of the end result, if you’d like to see some more pictures take a look at my Twitter feed @andykinsey or see lots more over on facebook.
So far, as of this moment (7am 24/7/14), we have managed to raise £650! this is absolutely amazing thank you. 
You can still donate for a while at https://www.shaveorstyle.org.uk/shavers/andy-kinsey/ and justgiving.com/shavemebald

I went COMPLETELY bald for Macmillan Cancer Support, raising awareness and funds for them.

Above is a picture of the end result, if you’d like to see some more pictures take a look at my Twitter feed @andykinsey or see lots more over on facebook.

So far, as of this moment (7am 24/7/14), we have managed to raise £650! this is absolutely amazing thank you. 

You can still donate for a while at https://www.shaveorstyle.org.uk/shavers/andy-kinsey/ and justgiving.com/shavemebald

UPDATE: 18/7/17 - ITS TODAY!
Getting nervous now as its shave day, pictures later.
A week today at 12.30 I will be “going bald” to raise awareness (and funds) for Macmillan Cancer Support.
We are all affected by cancer at some point in our lives, whether it is ourselves who suffers or we simply know (and love) someone who has it. Regardless of how you are affected by cancer, Macmillan are always there to help - they are simply amazing people.
I wuld like your help to support this great organisation, so you can either DONATE (yes, please) or you can spread the word by copying and pasting the below to twitter!
"I am supporting @andykinsey & @macmillancancer you can too http://j.mp/shavemebald #shavemebald”
You can also come along to the redstar office on Firday 18th july @ 12.30 to see my hair getting taken off! 
Only you have the power to increase the ammount that gets shave off - here are the targets…
£100 – Hair & Beard£150 – Hair, Beard & Legs£200 – Hair, Beard, Legs & Arms£300 – As above & LEFT Eyebrow£350 – As above & BOTH Eyebrow£500 – As above & Back£600 – As above & Chest£1000 – As above but for 2 Weeks (not just one!)£1500 – As above but with wax!

UPDATE: 18/7/17 - ITS TODAY!

Getting nervous now as its shave day, pictures later.

A week today at 12.30 I will be “going bald” to raise awareness (and funds) for Macmillan Cancer Support.

We are all affected by cancer at some point in our lives, whether it is ourselves who suffers or we simply know (and love) someone who has it. Regardless of how you are affected by cancer, Macmillan are always there to help - they are simply amazing people.

I wuld like your help to support this great organisation, so you can either DONATE (yes, please) or you can spread the word by copying and pasting the below to twitter!

"I am supporting @andykinsey & @macmillancancer you can too http://j.mp/shavemebald #shavemebald”

You can also come along to the redstar office on Firday 18th july @ 12.30 to see my hair getting taken off! 

Only you have the power to increase the ammount that gets shave off - here are the targets…

£100 – Hair & Beard
£150 – Hair, Beard & Legs
£200 – Hair, Beard, Legs & Arms
£300 – As above & LEFT Eyebrow
£350 – As above & BOTH Eyebrow
£500 – As above & Back
£600 – As above & Chest
£1000 – As above but for 2 Weeks (not just one!)
£1500 – As above but with wax!

Finding Forever Homes! - it’s what Tameside Animal Shelter do!
Yesterday, I visited TAS again - nothing abnormal really except this time I was taking Tellulah (a cat I fostered) back so that she can hopefully find her Forever Home. She had had interest from what sounds like the perfect home for her, so fingers crossed!
But whilst there I was visiting all of the current stayers (in terms of cats) and giving them some love and attention. And I got to thinking about what great work TAS do, and that they are practically unknown. TAS are a Non-profit making organisation, set up in 2001 they’ve been helping the needy animals of Tameside every day since. The staff and volunteers that keep TAS afloat are amazing and need to be applauded for looking after these animals.
Each day, in addition to giving food, love and care etc, the TAS team also help animals find a forever home. The team ensuer that everyhome they allow an animal to go to is both safe and friendly for that animal, and that they will get only the best care possible. Sometimes this can take months and (for example) a cat which comes in friendly can end up hissy and scared - a bit like Tellulah did - these then need extra attention before they can be rehomed, and the volunteers help with this no end. In helping these animals to find a forever home, TAS do us all a great service, they keep animals off the street (which could be dangerous) and they ensure that that animal is kept safe and well for a long time to come. 
To ensure TAS can continue their great work they are in need of constant help, both in terms of funding - but also in terms of helping when there is a shortage of goods (such as kitty litter, cat food or dog food). Indeed, they are so often short on this because of demands made on their service that they can always do with help from the public to keep the shelter going. If you can help by donating food or litter (or even some funds) get in touch with the team via the facebook page or call the numer on the graphic above.
https://www.facebook.com/tamesideanimalshelter

Finding Forever Homes! - it’s what Tameside Animal Shelter do!

Yesterday, I visited TAS again - nothing abnormal really except this time I was taking Tellulah (a cat I fostered) back so that she can hopefully find her Forever Home. She had had interest from what sounds like the perfect home for her, so fingers crossed!

But whilst there I was visiting all of the current stayers (in terms of cats) and giving them some love and attention. And I got to thinking about what great work TAS do, and that they are practically unknown. TAS are a Non-profit making organisation, set up in 2001 they’ve been helping the needy animals of Tameside every day since. The staff and volunteers that keep TAS afloat are amazing and need to be applauded for looking after these animals.

Each day, in addition to giving food, love and care etc, the TAS team also help animals find a forever home. The team ensuer that everyhome they allow an animal to go to is both safe and friendly for that animal, and that they will get only the best care possible. Sometimes this can take months and (for example) a cat which comes in friendly can end up hissy and scared - a bit like Tellulah did - these then need extra attention before they can be rehomed, and the volunteers help with this no end. In helping these animals to find a forever home, TAS do us all a great service, they keep animals off the street (which could be dangerous) and they ensure that that animal is kept safe and well for a long time to come. 

To ensure TAS can continue their great work they are in need of constant help, both in terms of funding - but also in terms of helping when there is a shortage of goods (such as kitty litter, cat food or dog food). Indeed, they are so often short on this because of demands made on their service that they can always do with help from the public to keep the shelter going. If you can help by donating food or litter (or even some funds) get in touch with the team via the facebook page or call the numer on the graphic above.

https://www.facebook.com/tamesideanimalshelter

An event to change the world forever, 100 years ago today.

On 28 June 1914, in Sarajevo, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated. It was a murder which led to the ourbreak of war five weeks later, the First World War. 

Today, 100 years later from the outbreak of WW1, on this Armed Forces Day, we must commemorate those who have fallen in our names and show our gratitude to our armed forces who are today serving this country.

Unlike Remembrance Sunday, which is a time for reflection and solemnity, Armed Forces Day is a day of celebration - recognising and explaining the work which today’s Armed Forces do in some of the most dangerous situations possible to keep everyone in this country safe.

So it is with this, and the memory of the thousands of Tameside men and women who have served this country, that today we will celebrate Armed Forces Day 2014. There will be events at Victoria Park, Denton, beginning with a short service of remembrance at the war memorial at 11, with a huge variety of free family-friendly activities and stalls around the band stand from 1pm - there will also be live music. Today’s events have been organised by the Ministry of Defence and Tameside Council.

Finally, There will also be a chance to see Joey, from the National Theatre’s production of “War Horse”, who will oversee the awarding of the Veterans Badge to WO2 Andrew Headen (103 Regiment, Royal Artillery) who has been in the army for 22 years.

Image via Tameside.gov.uk

Gee Cross Fete 2014 - A Brilliant Family Day.
On Sunday (15th June) the annual Gee Cross Fete took place at Sam Redfern Green. The event was very well attended by both locals and visitors from across Tameside and Glossop areas. 
Two of the attendees were the Mayor and Mayoress of Tameside MBC, Cllr’s Dawson Lane and Jackie Lane. As you can see the Mayor was the life of the party enjoying every moment and engaging with everyone he came into contact with and saw. 
Overall, the day was a fantastic community event and shows what great team work can produce for a community. Cllr Miah and I would like to congratulate the team behind the Fete this year for all of their hardwork which clearly paid off handsomely. 
You can view more photos here on Facebook.

Gee Cross Fete 2014 - A Brilliant Family Day.

On Sunday (15th June) the annual Gee Cross Fete took place at Sam Redfern Green. The event was very well attended by both locals and visitors from across Tameside and Glossop areas. 

Two of the attendees were the Mayor and Mayoress of Tameside MBC, Cllr’s Dawson Lane and Jackie Lane. As you can see the Mayor was the life of the party enjoying every moment and engaging with everyone he came into contact with and saw. 

Overall, the day was a fantastic community event and shows what great team work can produce for a community. Cllr Miah and I would like to congratulate the team behind the Fete this year for all of their hardwork which clearly paid off handsomely. 

You can view more photos here on Facebook.