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Gordon is to hold one of his regular advice surgery on Friday 15th December.

This will take place from 2.30pm to around 4.00pm at his Constituency Office, 304 Highfield Road, Blackpool, FY4 3JX.

Appointments are required and can be made by either calling 01253 344143 or emailing gordonmarsdenmp@parliament.uk

Gordon's next Advice Surgery - Friday 15th December

Gordon is to hold one of his regular advice surgery on Friday 15th December. This will take place from 2.30pm to around 4.00pm at his Constituency Office, 304 Highfield Road,...

Gordon has attended an event in Parliament to highlight the plight of smuggled puppies imported to fuel the Christmas puppy trade.Dog_Trust.jpg

This week (5th December) Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity – invited a host of MPs and Peers, including Gordon to its annual parliamentary reception, where the charity – who coined the famous slogan – ‘A dog is for Life, not just for Christmas’ asked MPs for their support in the fight against Puppy Smuggling.

Gordon said: “I’m very pleased to support Dogs Trust in raising awareness of the plight of illegally imported puppies, who suffer the most harrowing of journeys at the hands of these unscrupulous dealers. It’s imperative that the Government takes immediate action by enforcing proper checks at the ports and on-the-spot fines to deter these breeders and dealers, as well as introducing revised legislation as a priority when the UK leaves the EU. We really hope this will help to effectively regulate pet travel.”

Dogs Trust has been investigating the problem since 2014, and through three undercover investigations has found that unscrupulous breeders take advantage of, and profit from issues with the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). As a result, underage puppies are being illegally imported into Great Britain from Central and Eastern Europe, and sold to unsuspecting members of the public.

Over the last few months, nearly 100 dogs were seized by APHA (Animal and Plant Health Agency) at the borders, as dealers take advantage of the increased demand for puppies in the run up to Christmas. Dogs Trust has found that of the puppies who do survive the appalling conditions they are forced to travel in, many require emergency treatment – with dehydration and malnutrition among the horrific conditions they suffer from as a result of travelling for thousands of miles in cramped conditions, with no food or water.

Thanks to quick intervention and expert care from the Puppy Pilot scheme, Dogs Trust has been able to save 94% of the puppies coming into care. 6% sadly passed away. Dogs Trust has also seen examples of heavily pregnant dogs coming into Great Britain, showing that breeders are stooping even lower to flout the system, with no regard for the welfare of the mum or her puppies.

Dogs Trust has warned that although there is a rise in puppies illegally imported during the festive season, illegally imported puppies is a huge issue all year round. The organisation has issued advice to help anyone thinking of buying a puppy, to know what to look for, in a bid to stop buyers unwittingly fuelling the trade.

The charity has also issued a plea to anyone thinking of getting a dog, to do their research or consider rehoming instead.

Gordon helps Dogs Trust campaign in fight against puppy smuggling this Christmas

Gordon has attended an event in Parliament to highlight the plight of smuggled puppies imported to fuel the Christmas puppy trade. This week (5th December) Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest...

Gordon has visited Blackpool and Fylde College’s new state of the art Lancashire Energy HQ.Lancashire_E_7.jpg

The Energy HQ off Squires Gate Lane is the newest addition to the College's buildings and facilities and opened in September at a cost of £10.7 million - with funding of £4.33m from the College and Lancashire Enterprise Partnership paying £6.37m. The College Principal Bev Robinson and the HQ’s Operation Manager Don Harvie showed Gordon round the facilities and answered the MP's questions about the current enrolment and strategy for the Energy HQ.

The Energy College is in its first year of operation with 30 full time students doing Level 2 and Level 3 courses with many others coming to train and reskill on shorter courses and qualifications.

After going round the new Energy Hub Gordon commented: "The College's new Energy HQ is a significant addition to the new Enterprise Zone on Squires Gate Lane , and both as the local MP but also as Shadow Skills Minister It was important for me to be able to be briefed by Bev and Don about the focus the College is putting on the opportunities for the expansion of oil and gas offshore in Liverpool Bay and elsewhere , bringing skills and jobs to the area and the courses they are developing to cater for both new students and those returning to retrain and reskill.

"It was good to hear that as well as this focus, the Energy HQ is taking forward a strong emphasis on renewables in its courses and strategy. I have consistently argued that we have an opportunity, given our geographical position for both Blackpool and the Fylde Coast to become a strong hub for solar, wind and other green technologies.

"This is very much in line with my continuing campaign for a Cleaner, Greener Blackpool. I hope when the Energy HQ - which well-designed and spacious - has had its running in period it will be able to become a centre of excellence in this area delivering both specific skills for renewables as well as broader ones that will equip learners here and from further appeal with the transferable and sustainable skills we will need to prosper in the 2020s. I will be watching and monitoring this with keen interest in 2018."

On the visit Gordon saw a simulator emulating for learners the processes of a pressurised water reactor power station - this allows learners to gain knowledge and experience in a controlled set up, without any danger to themselves or equipment. He also looked over the joint Integrity training and assessment rig which enables the College to train and assess off-shore technicians - including people training to work on wind turbine installations.

Operations Manager Don Harvie said: "It was my pleasure to accompany our Principal, Bev Robinson, and to provide a guided tour for Gordon.

"Having worked in similar facilities around the globe, I can truly say that Lancashire Energy HQ is really world class. Everyone who visits the remarks on how outstanding the facility is - we have had visitors from as far away as Houston, Texas, who have left highly impressed.

"I am very proud to be able to play a part in the success and development of this initiative. With world-class facilities in an excellent location Lancashire Energy HQ is ideally positioned to serve the needs of students and industry."

Gordon visits Blackpool and Fylde College’s new Lancashire Energy HQ

Gordon has visited Blackpool and Fylde College’s new state of the art Lancashire Energy HQ. The Energy HQ off Squires Gate Lane is the newest addition to the College's buildings...

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