Jonathan Reynolds MP Backs Tony Lloyd for GM Mayor
Tuesday 19th July 2016 16:49 Hyde News Stalybridge Posted by Tom Greggan

Hyde and Stalybridge MP Jonathan Reynolds has officially endorsed Tony Lloyd in the race to become Labour’s nomination for the Greater Manchester Mayoral race.

In an extended post on his Facebook page, Mr Reynolds said he thinks Tony Lloyd brings something that the other two candidates, Leigh MP Andy Burnham and Bury South MP Ivan Lewis, don’t.

He said: “If I had to pick two words to describe Tony, they would be ‘Labour’ and ‘Manchester’.

“Because the love I have for Greater Manchester I know Tony shares. With Tony it’s not about him – it’s about us. It’s about making sure we get the best for everyone who lives here, and we deliver on everyone’s potential who is part of this area. Crucially, it’s not about what Greater Manchester can do for him, it’s about what he can do for Greater Manchester.”

In response, Tony Lloyd said: “I have known and worked with Jonathan from when he was a Councillor in Tameside and more recently as an MP. I am humbled to have his support, as I am the support of other community leaders across Greater Manchester.”

You can read Jonathan’s full statement below.

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Jonathan Reynolds:

“I will never forget the first time I ever laid eyes on Manchester. I was 17 and on my way to look around Manchester University. My mum came with me and a neighbour, who was driving down anyway, agreed to give us a lift.

“I remember marvelling at the buildings and particularly the CIS Tower – not Manhattan I know, but still grand enough to impress me. I felt the architecture told a story about this city, this country, and the industrial revolution which shaped both. I still do. I remember being awed at the diversity, the dynamism and the swagger Manchester seemed to have.

“But most of all I remember feeling something intangible, something not easily described. It was a feeling that Manchester was a place of opportunity, the sort of place where young people of any background could come and make something of themselves. A place ‘with everything except a beach’ as Ian Brown put it. I may have been unreasonably swayed by my own affection for Manchester’s music scene but, regardless, my belief in the opportunity that Manchester might afford me has been vindicated at every stage in my life.

“I love Greater Manchester and everything about it. Representing Stalybridge, where I live, and nearby Hyde, Mossley, Dukinfield and Longdendale (where I was a councillor) is the best job in the world – even this week. I love the rest of GM too. Places like Oldham, Salford, Bury (I’ll not do the full list) are not only places of genuine historical and economic importance, but of tremendous significance to the future prosperity of the UK too.

“What has all this got to do with the Mayor of Greater Manchester? Actually quite a lot. This new Mayor will not just have the powers to make our public services work better, but actually to make the whole of our conurbation work better too. Modern Greater Manchester has evolved into an economic titan, with people living and travelling to work from all parts of it to all parts of it, and well beyond the GM borders too.

“I expect all the Labour candidates for the job of Mayor to be in favour of new houses, better skills, and transport investment. I’m pleased they are and their campaigns are to their credit.

“But I’m going to vote for Tony Lloyd for Mayor because I think he brings something else. Shortly after I properly moved to Manchester, by this time just turned 18, I first met him because he was my local MP. I have known him ever since. If I had to pick two words to describe Tony, they would be ‘Labour’ and ‘Manchester’.

“Because the love I have for Greater Manchester I know Tony shares. With Tony it’s not about him – it’s about us. It’s about making sure we get the best for everyone who lives here, and we deliver on everyone’s potential who is part of this area. Crucially, it’s not about what Greater Manchester can do for him, it’s about what he can do for Greater Manchester.

“I can genuinely say he’s been to every corner of my constituency – from the hills of top Mossley, to the banks of the Etherow in Broadbottom, to Gee Cross and Ridge Hill and Cheetham Hill Road. He even turned up at the Band Contest in Stalybridge this year.

“Many years ago a wise old Labour member said to me with regard to selection contests: ‘You will never know in advance what challenges a person in office may have to face, but if you pick someone of good character you know there’s a good chance they’ll do the right thing when those challenges emerge’.

“I know Tony Lloyd is of great character. I know he shares my love for this area and its people. I know he’ll make the right decisions for all of us.

“He’ll get my vote to be the Labour candidate for Mayor.”