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As the Public Inquiry into Fracking begins today in Blackpool, Gordon has called upon the enquiry to respect the decision of Lancashire County Council and local people in Lancashire, and reject Cuadrilla’s plans for fracking on the Fylde.Headshot.jpg

Gordon, who strongly opposed the applications from Cuadrilla to extract Shale Gas at both Little Plumpton and Roseacre Woods, said it would be a “huge rejection” of local accountability and make a mockery of the Government’s claims to be delivering devolution to regions like the North West, if ministers try to overrule local decision making.

He said: “The widespread concerns about safety, impact on the countryside, people’s environment and our local tourism - these are all worries, which large numbers of people in Blackpool, on the Fylde and across Lancashire have expressed. That’s why Lancashire County Council leader, Councillor Jennifer Mein was absolutely right to send a letter last week to Greg Clark, the Secretary of State for Local Government, pointing out how damaging to local democracy it would be for him to overrule the democratic wish of the people of Lancashire.”

At Prime Minister's Question Time last year, Gordon highlighted the double standards of the Tory Government in respecting the views of local people on wind farms, but ignoring their concerns on shale gas. He said: “For a Government that claims to champion localism, it is unfair and double standards to give communities a say on wind farms but not on fracking. Real community power means the ability to influence final decisions, not to just simply play a token role in the intervening process.”

Gordon, who joined his Labour colleague, Cat Smith, the MP for Lancaster in Fleetwood in opposing plans to allow fracking in national parks, said fracking supporters needed to get a “reality check” about the potential risks to Blackpool and the damage it would have to both seaside and rural tourism – something that Gordon is keen to see greater links between.

He explained: “The potential for huge disruption, public protest and the impact of seeing a fracking rig will be disastrous for both our residents and visitors. This is an issue for us in Blackpool in terms of potential negatives for the town’s image with tourism, as well as environmental and other concerns.”

Gordon said the announcement of the new Enterprise Zone on Squires Gate Lane gave the local area a major opportunity to develop the already strong offshore activity in renewable energy at Liverpool Bay, such as wind and solar, which he said were the “genuinely viable alternative” for the Fylde and the rest of the North West in the years ahead.

He added:” For the Government to cut support for renewable energy and try to bulldoze fracking through in defiance of local democracy and at a time when energy prices from oil and gas are dropping like a stone is both illogical and ill-thought-out. We should make that point loud and hard to the so-called fans of fracking.

“Don’t Bulldoze Blackpool on Fracking,” Gordon tells Government

As the Public Inquiry into Fracking begins today in Blackpool, Gordon has called upon the enquiry to respect the decision of Lancashire County Council and local people in Lancashire, and...

Gordon is to hold one of his regular advice surgery this Friday (12th February).

This will take place from 3.00pm to around 4.30pm at his Highfield Road constituency office, 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 12th February

Gordon is to hold one of his regular advice surgery this Friday (12th February). This will take place from 3.00pm to around 4.30pm at his Highfield Road constituency office, FY4...

A Blackpool fundraiser who will shaving off her hair for charity in memory of her late mum, has been given the backing of Gordon, who’s described her as “brave” and “courageous”.Natalie_Haynes_1.jpg

Natalie Haynes will be doing the shave with her friend Vicky Harrison for Pancreatic Cancer UK during the half time interval at the game between Blackpool and Shrewsbury on Saturday 13th February. Natalie, who’s mum Linda, passed away in 2013, has sought the support of Gordon, after he helped Linda and the family during her battle with the illness.

Gordon said: “I am delighted to support Natalie in her fundraising efforts - she is an incredibly brave and courageous person for doing this and I hope others can get behind her in raising money for what is such an important cause.

“I have known in the past people who have had Pancreatic Cancer and I remember the case of Natalie’s mum very well - you cannot help but be moved by the struggle Linda and her family went through as she battled this horrible illness.”

Pancreatic cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the pancreas grow out of control, forming a mass of tissue called a tumour. It can occur in the head, body or tail of the pancreas. Despite being the fifth most common cause of cancer death, Pancreatic Cancer receives less than 1% cancer research spend per a year.

Natalie explained: “Pancreatic Cancer UK is a charity very close to my heart - they helped my mother through her toughest times to make it as comfortable as possible. They are however a little known charity and it is a less talked about form of cancer, even though it has the lowest survival rate of just five per cent.

“By braving the shave, myself and my friend Vicky hope to raise awareness and hopefully £1000 for this charity, which will help fund a one to one nurse for someone else going through this, and hopefully help towards new research.”

The time of the shave will coincide with “Call Everybody Dave Day” on 8th February, which honours the actor Roger Lloyd Pack, star of Only Fools and Horses, who also died from the illness.

You can visit Natalie and Vicky’s page by clicking here to here .

 

Gordon backs Blackpool fundraiser Natalie in Hair Shave for Pancreatic Cancer UK

A Blackpool fundraiser who will shaving off her hair for charity in memory of her late mum, has been given the backing of Gordon, who’s described her as “brave” and...

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