Gordon has thrown his weight behind the “Fans Not Numbers” campaign – an initiative calling for strengthened regulations and governance powers of the Football Association.
He has been contacted by a number of Blackpool FC fans and backed their calls to give supporter groups such as the Blackpool Supporters Trust greater powers and say in the running of their club.
Gordon said: “This is a campaign I fully endorse because I believe we need real and meaningful reform of the FA. We can start by giving supporters greater representation on both the council and the executive board of the Football Association.
“It is disappointing that up to now Theresa May’s Government have yet to take up any proposals around football governance powers. However I am pleased Blackpool Council passed a motion to support this campaign meaning the Chief Executive will now write to the Prime Minister.
“The “Fans Not Numbers” campaign matters even more in Blackpool due to the mismanagement at the club and with fans being let down by the FA.”
Gordon supported his Labour colleague Clive Efford’s Private Members Bill last year to push for reform of the FA and followed this up by speaking this February in a debate about the FA (pictured). He highlighted the ownership situation at Bloomfield Road – criticising the FA on their failure to effectively intervene and address the problems.
He added: “Labour is committed to putting fans at the heart of their clubs – by legislating for accredited supporters trusts to be able to appoint and remove at least two club directors and to purchase shares when clubs change hands.”
Also as a member of the Football Supporters Group in Parliament, Gordon has signed two Early Day Motions in Parliament calling on the Government to introduce a fit and proper persons test for those who seek to purchase clubs.
Gordon has thrown his weight behind the “Fans Not Numbers” campaign – an initiative calling for strengthened regulations and governance powers of the Football Association. He has been contacted by...
Gordon has welcomed the calls from Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs to make the Universal Credit helpline free of charge to claimants.
After being previously contacted by the Salvation Army locally and Streetlife, Gordon pressed the Prime Minister on the very issue back in July, where he said the system was letting down some of the most vulnerable in Blackpool.
The Labour leader raised the issue again today at PMQs where he described it as “absurd” and called on Theresa May to intervene on the matter and make the helpline free for claimants.
Gordon said: “I welcome Jeremy’s questions on Universal Credit at PMQs today and particularly on the issue around charging claimants 55p a minute to use the helpline.
“I am hearing time and time again from charities such as the Salvation Army locally and Streetlife about the problems this is causing people in Blackpool - in one case it took a claimant 39 minutes to get an answer to their call. Jeremy is completely right to press the Mrs May on this because the Universal Credit system and its helpline is failing people in Blackpool.”
Gordon along with other Labour politicians have also called for the Universal Credit roll out to be paused. Evidence found it was deepening poverty and leading to increased debt for families - with the Government failing to pay one in four new claims within the six week period.
Gordon has welcomed the calls from Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs to make the Universal Credit helpline free of charge to claimants. After being previously contacted by the...
Gordon has pressed the Government over the announced job losses at BAE Systems in Lancashire.
An emergency question was put down in the Commons by Gordon's colleague Mark Hendrick MP (Preston) about the announcement which could see almost 750 jobs lost at the Warton and Samlesbury sites.
In his question to the Business Minister Claire Perry, he said: "The job cuts at Warton and Samlesbury are twice what they were in November 2015, so it is not surprising that people in Blackpool and Fylde will be concerned.
"The supply chain has been mentioned. What specifically will the Minister and the Department do with buyers to ensure apprenticeships in supply chains are also supported, and that the Lancashire local enterprise partnership is given the support and resources it needs to support both BAE and the supply chain?"
In her reply to Gordon, the Minister said: "We stand by ready to understand any potential impact, once the scale of any job reductions is known, and to support the Lancashire local enterprise partnership and other companies in the area to process, cope and adapt to any changes."
Gordon has pressed the Government over the announced job losses at BAE Systems in Lancashire. An emergency question was put down in the Commons by Gordon's colleague Mark Hendrick MP...
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