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Gordon is to hold 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 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...

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 .

 

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Gordon has continued to heap the pressure on the Tories’ plans to scrap Maintenance Grants, citing the disastrous impact it’ll have on disadvantaged and poorer students in Blackpool, after he led a Commons debate opposing the changes.Student_Grants.jpg

Following on from last week’s “Third Delegated Legislation Committee”, where a handful of Tory MPs snuck through scandalous measures to scrap student grants without a full debate and vote in the House, Gordon, in his role as Labour’s Shadow Minister for Universities, tabled an Opposition Day motion to annul the decision.

Student grants have helped 1,000s of people from Blackpool go onto Higher Education and fulfil their aspirations. However he quoted the example of one constituent - a married mature student and father, who is now considering whether or not he could afford to continue with his education, if the grants were axed.

Speaking after the debate, Gordon said: “Maintenance grants have provided vital support for thousands of students from disadvantaged and low income backgrounds in Blackpool. In 2014/15 alone, over 1,500 people at Blackpool and Fylde College benefitted from such support and we saw the difference they made with the large increases in people from the town choosing to go to University under the last Labour Government.

“However the Tories are putting all this progress at risk and yesterday I was contacted by a number of people, including a mature student from Blackpool, who he felt he was being “let down” by the Government’s plans to axe them and said he was considering whether or not he could afford to continue his studies.

“He is not alone and like many others in Blackpool, they are having their life chances wrecked by a Tory Government, who are making Higher Education unaffordable and saddling students from low income backgrounds with massive debt. The Government should be doing all it can to ensure this doesn’t happen but sadly the opposite will happen if they scrap the grants.”

Gordon, who last week joined forces with Blackpool Nurse, David Collett to oppose the removal of NHS Bursaries, said this was part of a series of “damaging” measures that would “hinder social mobility” and target those who “who want to work hard and better themselves in life”.

He commented: “This is just another disastrous change from an out of touch Government, who are damaging the aspirations of many people in Blackpool.”

The Government’s majority on the motion was cut to just 14 and Gordon said this showed “the strength and vigour” from Labour and NUS (National Union of Students) campaigners in opposing the plans to axe grants, and said they would continue put the pressure on the Tories in Parliament.

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