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Gordon has signed an EDM (Early Day Motion) in Parliament calling on the Government to take steps to halt the continuing closures of British pubs.

He attended a reception in Westminster hosted by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), where they told him 18 pubs were closing every week across the country. This is despite UK pubs employing over 900,000 people and contributing around £23 billion to the UK economy.

He said: “The Punch and Truncheon, the Brew Room (formally the Blue Room) and other pubs have always been popular with both locals and visitors to Blackpool for many years.  It’s why when the Blue Room was first underthreat in 2013, I joined local campaigners and wrote to Enterprise Inn to get the building reopened again.  They are places where fond memories can be made and where people meet, socialise and be entertained.

“It’s important we continue to support our pubs so they can continue to flourish and be enjoyed by everyone for years to come. However there are steps the Government can take to make it easier for Blackpool’s pub owners. Firstly to reduce the tax burden on them, but also planning laws and strengthening the “Asset of Community Value” policy, which thousands of UK pubs have benefited from.

To read the EDM in full go to https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2017-19/1233

Gordon calls on Government to take steps to halt the closures of UK Pubs

Gordon has signed an EDM (Early Day Motion) in Parliament calling on the Government to take steps to halt the continuing closures of British pubs. He attended a reception in...

Gordon has named his NHS 70 Champions for Blackpool South.

He presented Paediatrician Dr Robert Wheatley (Care and Compassion category) and Alan Reid of Disability First (Person-Centred Care Champion category) with their certificates at the Blackpool Centre for Independent Living on Whitegate Drive. All MPs have been asked to name their local NHS champions as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations.

Gordon said: “Dr Wheatley and the team at Disability First are a credit to our National Health Service. It is one of our country’s greatest achievements and the dedication of our hardworking staff makes everyone incredibly proud of our health service.

“Alan and Disability First have built up and used their formidable knowledge of all aspects of Blackpool's social and health care challenges. Their expertise and bespoke support has made a big difference to often very vulnerable individuals getting their lives back on track.

“Dr Wheatley has been at the heart of paediatric care at Blackpool Victoria for over 25 years. A number of my constituents can testify for his commitment, knowledge and his caring attitude, which was why I chose to nominate him. He is also widely respected by other staff members at the trust.

“In the run up to its 70th anniversary next month, I will be doing a series of events to mark the occasion but just as importantly spend time thanking the staff who work tirelessly to help us get better when we need their help and care.”

 

Gordon names his NHS 70 champions for Blackpool South

Gordon has named his NHS 70 Champions for Blackpool South. He presented Paediatrician Dr Robert Wheatley (Care and Compassion category) and Alan Reid of Disability First (Person-Centred Care Champion category)...

Gordon has joined with clinicians and disabled people living with Brittle Bones and associated conditions to celebrate the care given by NHS specialists to children with it across the UK.



Known as Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) it is thought to effect 1 in 15,000 people in the UK and is a genetic bone disorder characterised by fragile bones that break easily. As well as frequent fractured bones, people can have muscle weakness, hearing loss, curved bones, scoliosis, blue sclerae, brittle teeth, and short stature.

Gordon, who co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary group for Osteoporosis, congratulated the Brittle Bone society on its 50th anniversary and the NHS specialists, which were presented with awards to celebrate the difference they were making to children’s lives.

He said: "It was a privilege to be able to go and support the Brittle Bone Society for the 50th anniversary in Parliament. It is a rare condition and because it is not as common or well known as osteoporosis,the work being done by the Brittle Bone Society to raise awareness of it is incredibly important.

"I am proud to be co-chair of the Osteoporosis group in Parliament because I saw at first hand the suffering and challenges it gave my mother for over 25 years , and the ongoing need for support for those who care for loved ones as well as more recognition of such conditions in the NHS. In the same way we need the NHS to build on its record of supporting people with brittle bones and also those who support them, so they are able to live their lives to the fullest and not be held back by the condition."

The charity also highlighted the discrepancies that exist between child and adult services, and the need for continued and multi-disciplinary services for this lifelong condition. To find out more about the Brittle Bone Society and the work they do go towww.brittlebone.org.

Gordon supports Brittle Bones Society’s 50th anniversary in Parliament

Gordon has joined with clinicians and disabled people living with Brittle Bones and associated conditions to celebrate the care given by NHS specialists to children with it across the UK....

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