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Gordon has written to the Chief Operating Manager of the National Police Air Service (NPAS) to warn of the “detrimental impact” the potential closure of the Warton base could have if it went ahead next spring.

Gordon, who has been contacted by a number of constituents and shares their concerns on the issue, said any decision on the future of the base needed to be “carefully considered.”

In his letter to Chief Superintendent Tyron Joyce, Gordon said: “The Warton base plays a very important role in Lancashire and more specifically the Blackpool coast, having helped in missing person searches, especially with dangers such as the sea and piers, which my Blackpool South constituency covers all of.”

During one week in April NPAS helicopters provided help with a recent warehouse fire in Fleetwood, the search of a missing child in Poulton Le Fylde and also aided ground officers in a recent traffic pursuit. Gordon said this showed how the service was “much needed” in the local area.

If the Warton site does close it is expected to be covered by bases in Manchester and Cheshire, which Gordon warned will put more “unnecessary pressure and stress” on officers within these areas, potentially putting lives in jeopardy.

He added: “With response times at 20 minutes across Lancashire, I am concerned it could be stretched much further if the county’s Warton base is to be closed.

“I am aware that the NPAS’s main focus is to provide and ensure that the local police services have a quickly deployable asset – with the Warton base closure I feel that this focus can no longer be viable given the continuing pressure on costly police resources. The Warton base provides an effective and efficient service to the many residents and communities in Lancashire and its closure could put many lives in jeopardy in the future.”

Gordon has requested that the NPAS provide him with the full details for the timescale for the changes but also to give “serious consideration” to reviewing the proposed closure.

Warton Air Base closure will have “detrimental impact” on local area, warns Gordon

Gordon has written to the Chief Operating Manager of the National Police Air Service (NPAS) to warn of the “detrimental impact” the potential closure of the Warton base could have...

In his capacity as both Shadow Skills Minister and Blackpool South MP, Gordon has met up with some of the 10,000 plus apprentices currently flying high with the UK’s aerospace, defence and space industries – including an apprentice from his constituency based at Magellan Aerospace in Blackpool.IMG_0088.jpg

At the ADS Parliamentary reception celebrating the contribution made by their apprentices to the £27 billion in exports from their high tech industries, Gordon met Magellan Aerospace apprentice Joseph Humphries from South Shore currently doing a first year HNC in manufacturing engineering with the company, who operate from the Squires Gate Industrial Estate.

Gordon said: “It was great to chat to Joseph and a range of other apprentices who are looking to get skilled, long term and productive jobs in an industry, which has seen substantial growth in sales, not least with our European partners, over the last ten years.

“Joseph is also currently doing a day release at BAE’s training school in Preston and hopes to go onto Level 4 with his apprenticeship and the possibility of doing a higher skills degree whilst working – which is an attractive option to avoid increasingly high full time tuition fees.”

Gordon added: “This event underlined the huge potential which I as Shadow Apprenticeships Minister see week after week in the visits and meetings I have. Across Lancashire, aerospace and defence employment, both in the smaller supply chain, high skilled engineering companies, as well as major international players such as BAE is crucial – not least for people from Blackpool. That international co-operation and those European connexions need to continue to give all of us in Blackpool good economic prospects for the 2020s.”

 

Blackpool Flying High at Parliament Apprenticeship Event

In his capacity as both Shadow Skills Minister and Blackpool South MP, Gordon has met up with some of the 10,000 plus apprentices currently flying high with the UK’s aerospace,...

A full transcript of the statement Gordon issued and read out by the BST in support of Blackpool FC fans at the recent Judgement Day 2 protest (30th April):

Now is the time for supporters to be given a proper and meaningful say in the running of their local football clubs - fans like Blackpool’s, who are the heartbeat of their local club.

That’s why I backed and sponsored a Bill in Parliament set out by my colleague Clive Efford on Football Governance and Supporters Participation.

A Bill that followed on from the Labour Party’s pledge at last year’s election to give accredited fan groups the right to buy up to 10% of the club’s shares when a club changes ownership, and to elect and remove up to 25% of the club’s board.

Whilst the Government have been slow to acknowledge Clive’s bill, there is nothing stopping the owners at Bloomfield Road to take up these proposals voluntarily and I would ask them to seriously consider doing this.

This is something we urgently need if we are to resolve the ongoing problems and gap between the owners and supporters at the club. The status quo cannot continue!

As I have said before and I will say again, football clubs are more than just a business - they are hubs at the heart of their local communities and have the potential to make an enormous difference to people’s lives.

I have seen at first hand the excellent work done by organisations such as the Blackpool Community Trust, who continue to inspire and empower young people in the activities they do – like the Supporters Trust, I want this to be able to continue to happen in the years ahead.

But the owners must also now meet with the BST and other groups, get around the table and come together under the chairmanship of an independent chair so these differences and division can be resolved.

It will be difficult but only until this happens can the club begin to move in the right direction once again.

 

Gordon's statement for Blackpool FC Protest and Judgement Day 2

A full transcript of the statement Gordon issued and read out by the BST in support of Blackpool FC fans at the recent Judgement Day 2 protest (30th April):Now is the...

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