General Election 2019: Stalybridge and Hyde candidates

Stalybridge and Hyde, which also takes in Mossley, sees a six way battle for your vote on Thursday, December 12.

Jonathan Reynolds won the seat by just over 8,000 votes in 2017.

The serving MP will again be standing for Labour but there is a real fight, with the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Brexit Party, the Green Party and The Liberal Party fielding candidates.

Polling stations will be open on December 12 from 7am until 10pm.

You can contact the electoral services team at Tameside Council by calling 0161 342 3036 or write to: Electoral Services, Tameside One, Market Place, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, OL6 6BH.


Candidates for Stalybridge and Hyde

Jonathan Reynolds, Labour Party

I am Jonathan Reynolds, the Labour and Co-operative Party candidate. I’m 39, I live in Stalybridge and have four children and two dogs.

It has been my privilege to represent Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, Longdendale and Dukinfield in parliament for the past nine years, and before that Mottram, Hollingworth, Broadbottom and Hattersley as a councillor.

I am proud of my track record. Since 2010 I have made real progress in delivering the Longdendale bypass, improved standards at Tameside Hospital after calling for a new chief executive, knocked down derelict buildings in our town centres and fought for investment to begin regenerating them.

Since the last general election in 2017, I have helped to achieve the first ever special educational needs sixth form provision in the area, I have stood up for rail users and achieved improved timetables from December and secured a £10 million Government investment in local housing and infrastructure.

I have battled for an end to rip-off leasehold laws, made the case for changing our electoral system, and stood up for our WASPI women in their fight for fair pensions.

This election Labour offer an end to school cuts, investment in our NHS and mental health services, more money for policing and fire crews, a better deal for families with better maternity pay and nursery hours, an end to shambolic Universal Credit, investment in transport and ambitious answers to the climate emergency.

Only me or an imposed Tory can win here. Use your vote for Labour to rebuild Britain.


Jamie Dwan, Liberal Democrats

Jamie Dwan was born and raised in South Manchester and is a student at the University of Manchester, studying social sciences.

Jamie, 20, is one of the youngest candidates standing in this general election and has been a strong advocate of better representation of younger people in politics, including through his role as chair of the Greater Manchester Young Liberals.

A keen football fan, Jamie has had a season ticket a Manchester City since he was five.

He is beyond delighted to be standing for the Liberal Democrats in the upcoming general election and believes Tameside would be hit by the effects of Brexit more severely than many other places.

He is proud to be representing the only party calling for an end to Brexit.

He said: “I am delighted to be selected to fight in this general election.

“Tameside deserves better than more of the same on stale Labour leadership.

“Tameside will be hit by the effects of Brexit harder than many other places, and we are the only party calling for an end to this Labour-enabled, Tory hard Brexit.

“We can’t wait to put our Liberal, inclusive and Remain platform to the electorate of Tameside.”


Tayub Amjad, Conservative Party

I have been selected as the Conservative candidate for the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency.

I am married and a proud father of three children. I grew up in the North of England where I studied mathematics at the University of Leeds.

After graduating from university, I have always had entrepreneurial aspirations from a young age and soon set up several restaurants in the North West.

From the management and operation of these businesses I went on to become a property developer and furthermore set up a consultancy firm to support the growth of other businesses and provide resources for business growth in the Yorkshire and Lancashire regions.

From the outset, I have supported the Leave campaign and had a role in helping our win, especially in North of England.

I am also continually active in helping SME businesses engage better with the government and have their voices heard and noticed.

I am keen on providing more support for local businesses and residents and improving key areas:

• Delivering Brexit
• More investment and resources for the NHS
• Helping revive our town centres and local businesses
• More support for our police forces and more officers in the area
• More inbound investment to the region
• Better transport
• Better career training for those who finish studying
• Protection of greenbelt
• More relief for small for independent business owners

On December 12, I ask for your support and vote to be your next MP and let’s get Brexit done!


Julie Wood, Green Party

I am honoured to be standing as the Green Party candidate in Stalybridge and Hyde.

I have lived in the Mossley for nearly 20 years and work in the borough. I have been involved in church and community groups such as setting up a foodbank in a response to Tory/Lib Dem austerity.

Like the rest of us, I am alarmed at the damage done to our environment and society.

My aim is to make foodbanks and flooding an unnecessary evil.

The Green Party will transform our economy with the Universal Basic Income, green jobs, and a carbon chancellor at the heart of government with £100 billion for climate action every year.

In Mossley, we know the difficulties of the trains and buses and the hard work going into Tameside Hospital. No fear. Greens will close the NHS spending gap and take back public control of the utilities and public transport.

On Brexit, we will have a people’s vote on Europe giving you control while we will campaign to ‘remain and change’.

We say yes to Europe and no to climate change and austerity.

All our policies are very carefully planned and costed and work together to completely transform our society and play our part in making the planet fit for future generations.

Do you want serious change for the better? Then vote Julie Wood, Green Party on December 12. Neither the climate nor our communities can wait. If not now, when?


John Edge, Liberal Party

John Edge is a graduate in English creative writing and has lived in Hattersley for six years with his wife Delia since moving from Salford. John is 42-years-old and is self-employed, providing online web services.

John has been an active campaigner for Liberal policies.

He said: “I could not sit by and watch our political system decline any further.

“I hope to give people a voice, people who like me were losing faith in the entire political system as our elected representatives in government moved away from the very principles our democratic system was founded on.

“I want to tackle local issues such as the protection and preservation of our greenbelt which will be essential in any further action on climate damage reduction.

“I will also campaign to see our local public transport infrastructure strengthened to give more options for those seeking to commute to and from major cities.

“The Liberal Party is committed to honouring the 2016 referendum vote to leave the EU. Democracy is a cornerstone of our society and to disregard it when the result is not to the liking of those who gave us the option in the first place is an affront to the Liberal principles this country was founded on.

“We need to take the heat out of the debate which has set families and neighbours against each other because of the divisive and disruptive way politicians have conducted business.”

“To restore faith in our democratic process, we need to ensure Brexit is done in a careful and conciliatory way and we need to recognise this might be through several steps and rounds of negotiations with the EU.”


Julian Newton, Brexit Party

A farmer, an engineering graduate with honours and HGV1 lorry driver, Julian’s key objectives are:

World peace.

Exit the EU, deal or no deal.

Improve workers’ rights, especially for lorry drivers, our unsung heroes.

Tackle climate change with the zero carbon industrial revolution.

• Full electrification of railway infrastructure by 2040 to achieve zero emissions across the entire rail network.
• Restore the Woodhead Line as a zero emissions railway.
• Supplant HS2 with the quantum loop.
• Revive shipbuilding industry by building super eco ships.
• Support UK manufacturers with every government means possible to build electric cars and lorries.
• Fit solar panels to warehouses wherever possible.
• R&D new eco-friendly ways of powering airliners.
• Provide necessary assistance to enable our farmers to become the most efficient, ecologically and environmentally friendly agriculturalists in the world

Improve the way we govern.
• Fix our corrupt, broken and rotten anti-democratic parliamentary system.
• Close down all government quangos and gravy trains.
• Introduce max £200k salary cap for all permanent civil servants including education and BBC staff.
• Protect, preserve and enhance our NHS
• Eradicate homelessness.
• Encourage science and engineering in our education system to enable the re-building of Britain.

I have lived in Hollingworth most of my life. I love the area. I love the people in it. We must protect our precious environment and make it a secure place for people to live and prosper.

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