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Gordon is on the search for Blackpool’s “Cleaner Greener Champions” and extended the deadline for all nominations to Friday 11th August.2017-05-10_11.03.39.jpg

The “Cleaner Greener Champions” awards will build on from the initiative Gordon launched last year around green and environmental issues in Blackpool - recognising individuals and groups for their efforts in keeping the town clean and green. The awards will be presented at a special event at the Solaris Centre on Friday 8th September.

He said: “Because of the Easter school holidays and general election campaign, we wanted to extend the time for period for people to nominate their local green champions. I have always found it important to recognise the work being done by many people to improve the community. We launched the “Cleaner Greener Blackpool” campaign launched last year and I thought it would be a good opportunity to combine this with my regular local hero awards by giving it a cleaner, greener twist.”

Gordon added: “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 or by clicking here. They must be submitted NO later than Friday 11th August. For more information contact Kirsty Squibb on kirsty.squibb@parliament.uk or call 01253 344143. Alternatively you can go to Gordon’s website at www.gordonmarsden.com or check out Gordon’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GordonMarsdenMP/.

EXTENSION FOR NOMINATIONS: Gordon on the search for Blackpool’s “Cleaner Greener Champions”

Gordon is on the search for Blackpool’s “Cleaner Greener Champions” and extended the deadline for all nominations to Friday 11th August. The “Cleaner Greener Champions” awards will build on from...

Gordon has been re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Blackpool South for a sixth successive time.

He won with a majority of 2,523 and said he was "proud" to be given the trust of voters again in the town.Election_Count.JPG

He said: "I am very privileged to have a great campaign team. The Conservatives poured huge amounts of money into the seat to try and take it, but the work my team have done, particularly the casework helping people with benefit issues has shown what we do for this constituency. Also, my work as a shadow minister has been a very important part of the process.

"It has been a very tiring and gruelling campaign for everyone, and a sad campaign also under the shadow of the terrible terrorist attacks."

Gordon added his success showed up the "deep failure" of the Conservatives and Theresa May "to try and run a one issue Brexit election".

He said: "The flaws in her campaign and her governing party, whatever the outcome in terms of seats, have been very severely exposed. And it is a tribute to the positive campaign we have put forward nationally for renewal and the questions we have raised, including locally, to bring the Tory government to account."

Gordon re-elected for sixth successive time as MP for Blackpool South

Gordon has been re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Blackpool South for a sixth successive time. He won with a majority of 2,523 and said he was "proud" to be...

Gordon, Labour Candidate for Blackpool South, has received a boost with the endorsement of him and his campaign for re-election as the MP in Blackpool South, the seat he has held since 1997, by leading local figure and former Mayor of Blackpool, Robert Wynne.Gordon_and_Robert_Wynne.jpg

In a statement released today Mr Wynne said: “I am supporting Gordon Marsden in this election.As a lifetime Liberal, former leader of Blackpool Lib Dems and former Mayor of the town I have never before endorsed a candidate from a rival party, but this time I think it's vital that we support our local MP. I am still very much a Liberal and always will be, but there is no chance of the Lib Dem candidate coming close in Blackpool South and I urge liberal minded people to lend their vote to Gordon Marsden this time.

"I am shocked at the complete lack of any detail in the Conservative manifesto. I expect it is still very probable that the Conservatives will win this election, but they do not deserve a large majority. Gordon Marsden has worked hard for Blackpool for the last 20 years and I don't want to see him swept away by a tide of empty promises. We need the Conservatives held to account, nationally that means over the NHS and schools, locally it means on issues like Fracking. Gordon Marsden really needs the support of positive, liberal minded people."

Responding, Gordon said: “I am very appreciative of the generous support that Robert is giving to me across party lines in this crucial election locally. He is someone who was a superb Mayor of Blackpool where he raised formidable sums for the Mayor’s charity, as well as being a successful businessman who has made, and continues to make, a huge contribution to the town, both in civic service and in the charitable and other initiatives that he pioneers.”

Former Lib-Dem Mayor of Blackpool backs Gordon for Blackpool South

Gordon, Labour Candidate for Blackpool South, has received a boost with the endorsement of him and his campaign for re-election as the MP in Blackpool South, the seat he has...

Gordon sent open letter to the Football Supporters Federation and Blackpool Supporters Trust ahead of the Judgement Day 3 march prior to yesterday's game between Blackpool and Leyton Orient. You can read the letter in full below.

To the supporters of Blackpool Football Club and Leyton Orient Football Club,

I am sorry I can’t be with you in person today but I applaud supporters from both clubs and others uniting here in Blackpool to tell the FA and club owners that fans must have a more meaningful say in the running of their clubs.

In Parliament over the past two years as Blackpool South’s MP and also here in Blackpool directly I have been making that point directly that fans should be represented on football club boards and their supporter groups should be represented on the FA.

I was glad to sign the recent motion that was tabled in Parliament which highlighted the situation at Leyton Orient. It touched on the bigger issues that have played out here in Blackpool and at Bloomfield Road with the conflict between the fans and the owners.

Both Leyton and Blackpool fans are right to feel let down and frustrated. At last year’s protest here I said “now was the time for supporters to be given a proper and more meaningful say in the running of their local clubs”. It’s why I supported my colleague Labour MP Clive Efford and his proposals in Parliament to bring in legislation that would give groups like the Blackpool Supporters Trust and the Football Supporters Federation greater powers and influence on how their clubs is run.

It’s very disappointing that Ministers in Theresa May’s Government have failed to take up these proposals. But there was nothing to stop Blackpool’s owners taking up those proposals. They haven’t done so. Instead of recognising the Blackpool Supporters Trust at the table, they’ve self-selected fans reps – which is why both I and Jimmy Armfield, a football legend and civic hero in this town, refused to be associated with that move.

Both Blackpool and Leyton Orient supporters it seems to me have been let down by the Football Association as well. In February this year I highlighted our problems here at Bloomfield Road in a debate organised by Parliament criticising the FA. I told the debate covering football matters and the Minister that defamation and libel cases pursued against Blackpool’s supporters by the club’s owners had made the situation more difficult. But also to make the point again for supporters to be given greater powers and influence in the running of their local club. I said that football clubs are more than simply private assets – something which dozens of Blackpool fans who have written to me have underlined.

Blackpool FC’s proud history – from Stanley Matthews and the Coronation Year Cup Final running through to our Cinderella story through to Premiership status in 2010 – where along with thousands on the Prom, I cheered the winning team on its return home – shows our club and others deserves better.

I’ve also been a member of Parliament’s Supporters Group and followed up that debate with challenging the FA’s representatives on their failure to act. I repeated the need for them to take a lead and press clubs to get their supporter groups on board literally. I’ll continue to do so and support the legitimate demands of fans.

Good luck today in your dignified protest.

Gordon Marsden now Labour Party candidate for Blackpool South

Gordon's open letter to football supporters on Judgement Day 3 march

Gordon sent open letter to the Football Supporters Federation and Blackpool Supporters Trust ahead of the Judgement Day 3 march prior to yesterday's game between Blackpool and Leyton Orient. You...

Gordon has been off to a local Blackpool bookies for a flutter in aid of a worthy cause – in this case a visit to William Hill’s on Whitegate Drive in support of a charity event for the Bobby Moore Fund which supports research and trials for bowel cancer.Gordon_Marsden_MP_shop_visit.jpg

He was there for “Football Shirt Friday” which promoted William Hill’s nationwide sponsorship of the charity where employees and customers donated money to wear a club shirt of their choice wfor the day.

The £50 charity bet by Gordon was placed on Lancashire County Cricket Club to win the Division 1 County Championship at 7/1. It was a “win-win” situation – all winnings from the bet going to the Bobby Moore Fund if Lancashire win and a £50 donation if they don’t.

Gordon said: “It was good to have a flutter on Lancashire – especially since they’re back at the Blackpool Cricket Club on May 12th for a one day match, which is excellent for us and the club. But I was also pleased to show my support for the Bobby Moore Fund initiative.

“Watching him on TV leading England out to victory in the 66 World Cup final was a vivid childhood memory. He was such an iconic and glamorous figure from the 60s and his early death from this awful disease meant that I was very happy to support this charity drive to combat it.

“I was also pleased to have a chance to chat to staff and learn more about their responsible gambling initiative, including self-exclusion options, and on their own initiatives in the local community including working with the “Mereside MAFIA” project nearby supported by local councillors Luke Taylor and Adrian Hutton, which I’ve also backed to improve the recreational facilities on the estate.”

 

Gordon has flutter at local bookies in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund

Gordon has been off to a local Blackpool bookies for a flutter in aid of a worthy cause – in this case a visit to William Hill’s on Whitegate Drive...

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 responds to unemployment figures for March 2017

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.Poster_JPEG.jpg

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 kirsty.squibb@parliament.uk or call 01253 344143. Alternatively you can download a form by clicking here.

 

Gordon on the search for Blackpool’s “Cleaner Greener Champions”

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. Fracking_3.jpg

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 meets with Fracking protesters to hear concerns - “Government and Cuadrilla should foot the Policing Bill”.

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...

Gordon has urged the Government to put far more emphasis on the importance of skills and training in the visitor and tourism economy in Blackpool and other holiday destinations - especially given the challenges of Brexit and changes in job routes over the next 10 years.National_Tourism_Week.jpg

Speaking as the host of the Tourism Alliance's Parliamentary reception for English Tourism Week, Gordon, who is also national President of the organisation British Destinations as well as co-chair of Parliament's Tourism Group, cited Blackpool (which was included in the accompanying video shown to the 200+ attendees at the reception) as an example of increasing visitor reach and regeneration.

He mentioned Blackpool's achievements such as the 5 million passengers achievement on the new look tramway and the makeover of the Tower and the Winter Gardens - with the bids for a new museum/ heritage attraction and the Conference extension for which £3 million of Coastal Community award funding was confirmed today.

But he warned that the Government were still undervaluing the contribution the tourism, leisure and hospitality sectors and the service sector in general could make to new jobs, skills and apprenticeships in places like Blackpool and in the overall economy. He said it was worrying that of the 15 routes to work the Government had announced in its new Skills Plan from April this year, only 4 of them were in the service sector and warned

“There is a double whammy coming down the line - the loss of thousands of jobs and apprenticeships in manufacturing , both traditional and hi- tech , to an automation and robotics revolution - which will make the expanded demand for skills in the service sector - tourism , hospitality , health and social care much more crucial in our economy. And the likely loss of tens if not hundreds of thousands of skilled EU workers from the service sector post Brexit, will make increasing support and funding for more home grown skills and apprenticeships in Blackpool and elsewhere , even more urgent.”

Gordon has at the same time set out a five point plan as Labour's Shadow Skills Minister, to help expand those skills and apprenticeships. Speaking at the annual FE Week Apprenticeships Conference in Birmingham, these steps included, setting targets to expand access to apprenticeships for armed forces leavers, care leavers and people with disabilities.

Giving apprentices’ increased financial support for travel to work and study places - citing current evidences that they’re spending at least a quarter of their wages on transport.

Expanding pre- apprentice traineeships to give “hundreds of thousands of young people more chance to get more apprenticeships, especially in the service sector. In a 21st century where new ways of imagining and creative, menacing skills will be crucial to their life chances and the U.K.'s success in the world economy”.

 

Expanding service sector skills crucial to jobs post Brexit, Gordon warns

Gordon has urged the Government to put far more emphasis on the importance of skills and training in the visitor and tourism economy in Blackpool and other holiday destinations -...

Gordon is to hold one of his regular advice surgery this Friday (31st March).

This will take place from 4.00pm to around 5.30pm at his Constituency Office, 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 31st March

Gordon is to hold one of his regular advice surgery this Friday (31st March). This will take place from 4.00pm to around 5.30pm at his Constituency Office, 304 Highfield Road,...

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