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Gordon is to hold one of his regular advice surgeries this coming Friday (13th July).

This will take place from 3.00pm to 4.30pm at his constituency office at 304 Highfield Road, Blackpool, 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 13th July

Gordon is to hold one of his regular advice surgeries this coming Friday (13th July). This will take place from 3.00pm to 4.30pm at his constituency office at 304 Highfield...

Gordon has called for a “hub” to be set up for veterans in Blackpool, following a visit to the RAF Association’s new Wings Centre in Preston.

He was there primarily to meet with Col Johnny Lighten (Duke of Lancaster Regiment) to discuss support for ex-service personnel across Lancashire. Prior to the meeting he was shown around the Wings Centre by the hub’s manager Ian Barber.

The centre, which celebrates its first anniversary later this month, offers activities and welfare support for people leaving the forces, but also the wider Preston community.

Gordon, who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group for Veterans, said: “It was really interesting to visit the Wings Centre and learn about the kind of work Ian and his team are doing to help veterans of all ages. At my previous forces roundtables I have held, I know a similar kind of hub is wanted by many in the armed forces community in Blackpool. The Wings Centre is a warm and welcoming area and we should look at having a similar hub set up for veterans across Blackpool.

“The vast majority of ex-service personnel successfully settle back into civilian life, but there is still a small percentage who do not – that could because of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or other health related problems such as alcoholism or depression. These hubs can be an important part of their transition back into civilian life, but also make it easier for them to access the help and support services they might need.”

 

Gordon calls for Veterans hub in Blackpool after visit to Preston Wings Centre

Gordon has called for a “hub” to be set up for veterans in Blackpool, following a visit to the RAF Association’s new Wings Centre in Preston. He was there primarily...

Gordon has signed an EDM (Early Day Motion) in Parliament calling on the Government to take steps to halt the continuing closures of British pubs.

He attended a reception in Westminster hosted by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), where they told him 18 pubs were closing every week across the country. This is despite UK pubs employing over 900,000 people and contributing around £23 billion to the UK economy.

He said: “The Punch and Truncheon, the Brew Room (formally the Blue Room) and other pubs have always been popular with both locals and visitors to Blackpool for many years.  It’s why when the Blue Room was first underthreat in 2013, I joined local campaigners and wrote to Enterprise Inn to get the building reopened again.  They are places where fond memories can be made and where people meet, socialise and be entertained.

“It’s important we continue to support our pubs so they can continue to flourish and be enjoyed by everyone for years to come. However there are steps the Government can take to make it easier for Blackpool’s pub owners. Firstly to reduce the tax burden on them, but also planning laws and strengthening the “Asset of Community Value” policy, which thousands of UK pubs have benefited from.

To read the EDM in full go to https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2017-19/1233

Gordon calls on Government to take steps to halt the closures of UK Pubs

Gordon has signed an EDM (Early Day Motion) in Parliament calling on the Government to take steps to halt the continuing closures of British pubs. He attended a reception in...

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