Gordon has responded to the latest set of unemployment figures commenting that they did not match Theresa May’s rhetoric of “a Government working for everyone”.
He said: "The latest statistics show that we are the 13th worst area in the country for unemployment. At present 6.7% of people in Blackpool South are in receipt of JSA - way above the UK average of 2.6%.
"The picture around youth unemployment is not much better with very little change from the last month with only five less people on JSA. 6.5% of all 18 to 24 year-olds locally are claiming JSA or not in work and claiming Universal Credit. This is compared to the North West average which sits at 3.6% and the national average of 2.9%.
"This is very disappointing and shows that Theresa May’s rhetoric about “a Government working for everyone” does not match the reality. They desperately lacks a plan for creating well paid and high skilled jobs and as a consequence, the living standards of people of all ages in Blackpool are worsening under the Tories."
Gordon has responded to the latest set of unemployment figures commenting that they did not match Theresa May’s rhetoric of “a Government working for everyone”. He said: "The latest statistics show...
Gordon has launched his local hero awards for 2017 but this year with a “Cleaner Greener” twist.
Gordon, who last year launched his “Cleaner Greener Blackpool” initiative at the Solaris Centre is looking for “Cleaner, Greener Champions” that should be awarded for their efforts in keeping the town clean and green. The awards will be presented by Gordon and another special guest at the Solaris on Friday 14th July from 3.30pm.
He said: “In the 20 years I have been the MP, I have always found it important to recognise the work being done by many people to improve the community. Because of the “Cleaner Greener Blackpool” campaign we launched last spring, I thought it would be a good opportunity to launch my local hero awards again but this time with a cleaner, greener twist.
“Blackpool is generally a very dense urban area but we are fortunate to be blessed with some great green spaces, which act as the lungs of our town – Stanley Park, the Moss and Marton Mere are just some of the places we have on our doorstep. These awards are about recognising those who go above and beyond in protecting our green spaces and also more broadly championing green initiatives and causes in the town.”
If you know a person, group or organisation that is deserving of such an award, you can nominate them in one of the six categories: 1) Green Business, 2) Green Activists/Community Groups, 3) Green Volunteer
4) Young Green Champion (24 and younger), 5) Green Educational Institution, 6) Green Hero (someone who has been excellently green and gone above and beyond to help improve the community). They must either live or operate in the Blackpool South parliamentary constituency.
Nomination forms can be collected from Gordon’s constituency office at 304 Highfield Road, Blackpool, FY4 3JX, Solaris Centre and other venues. They must be submitted NO later than Wednesday 31st May. For more information contact Kirsty Squibb on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01253 344143. Alternatively you can download a form by clicking here.
Gordon has launched his local hero awards for 2017 but this year with a “Cleaner Greener” twist. Gordon, who last year launched his “Cleaner Greener Blackpool” initiative at the Solaris...
Gordon has met with those opposing fracking on the Fylde Coast at the Preston New Road site to show his support and hear their concerns.
He spoke with a number of local protesters and talked to them about the environmental and economical threats posed by fracking to the area, who told him they were being "ignored" by the Government.
Gordon said: "I wanted to go down to the site on Preston New Road to see for myself what was happening – there were lots of drivers beeping their support in opposition to what Cuadrilla are doing.
"It is completely wrong of the Government to ignore local democracy and the wishes of people in Lancashire by allowing Cuadrilla to frack despite the strong opposition to it. Local people said no and I hope the judicial review strongly consider this and the original decision made by the county council’s planning committee."
Gordon has also backed the calls made by Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, for the Government to meet the costs of policing the protests as it was them who overturned the Council’s original decision to refuse fracking on the Fylde.
He said: "It is absurd, on the back of the revelation that it is costing Lancashire Police £450,000 a month to cover Cuadrilla's operations, to expect local council tax payers, including Blackpool ones, to pick up the tab for Cuadrilla's fracking.
"Local Government Ministers should stop passing the buck - the Government caused this situation by overruling a local democratic decision, and they should meet the costs.
"There is also a long standing precedent that organisations whose activities demand a heavy or sustained police presence should contribute financially to the cost of the operation - football grounds on match days for instance. Cuadrilla should be contributing to the policing costs - and the Government and Lancashire Police should call on them to do so.
"Cuadrilla and their associates are spraying thousands of pounds around in PR activities frantically trying to persuade people of the value of their operations. They should be chipping in to relieve the costs to the police and to council taxpayers across Lancashire."
Gordon has met with those opposing fracking on the Fylde Coast at the Preston New Road site to show his support and hear their concerns. He spoke with a number...