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Gordon has thrown his weight behind the “Fans Not Numbers” campaign – an initiative calling for strengthened regulations and governance powers of the Football Association.FA_Debate_2.jpg

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 backs Supporters’ calls for strengthened regulations of the Football Association

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.GM_PIC.jpg

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 welcomes Jeremy Corbyn’s calls to make Universal Credit helpline free

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. BAE_Question.jpg

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 questions Government Minister over BAE job losses

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...

Gordon is to hold one of his regular advice surgery on Friday 13th October.

This will take place from 1.00pm to around 2.30pm 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 13th October

Gordon is to hold one of his regular advice surgery on Friday 13th October. This will take place from 1.00pm to around 2.30pm at his Constituency Office, 304 Highfield Road,...

Gordon has castigated Tory Ministers for their failure to deliver a proper strategy for careers for young people – responding to concerns of businesses at a Dods Labour Party Conference Apprenticeship event.Apprenticeship_Forum_at_Labour_Party_Conference_2.jpg

In his role as Shadow Apprenticeships Minister, he took questions from the business partners at the meeting, including about careers advice and how to engage a broader range of young people into apprenticeships. He called on the Government to deliver a funded universal all ages all stages careers service.

Speaking to the audience Gordon said: “We have consistently pushed the Government on this for the past few years, and despite plenty of warm words, a careers strategy is yet to appear. Anne Milton, the new Skills Minister was specifically pressed on this at the Apprenticeship APPG in the summer, but this strategy has still not appeared.

“From conversations I have had with businesses and young people across Blackpool, it is clear that situation is still in a dire state. The most recent Industry Apprentice Council Report for 2017 showed that the number of young people being encouraged to do an apprenticeship at school or college has actually decreased this year (down to just 21% from 24% in 2016). It also stated that careers advice in schools is still nowhere near good enough, with only 22% of survey respondents rating theirs as good or very good.

“Alongside the long-awaited careers strategy there needs to be a way in which we can improve the situation in schools and colleges rapidly. If Ofsted were to take a trio of steps and report not only on the adequacy of careers advice generally, but also the information available to students on apprenticeships and the work experience available that would be a strong signal for improvement

“That is why we welcome the calls for substantive careers education to be delivered throughout the National Curriculum, addressing a wide range of skills, not just careers. It is vital that young people in Blackpool get proper guidance from an early age so they know the vast range of options and opportunities available to them. That includes the options of traineeships, as we have pledged, as an official pre-apprenticeship programme”

Gordon also responded to concerns both from today’s apprenticeship forum and last night at the Apprenticeship APPG event with young apprentices to broaden opportunities for young women taking apprenticeships forward.

He said: “It’s disturbing that the recent public accounts committee enquiry has revealed too many variables in the pay that young women receive alongside other concerns about how helpful some of them are to giving those young women a decent entry into future careers. We would urge the new IfA and the Government to look seriously at ways in which young women from disadvantaged backgrounds could be given further support. This might include more targeted financial support and some good local initiatives with councils and stakeholders.”

Gordon castigates Government over failure to deliver proper careers advice strategy for young people

Gordon has castigated Tory Ministers for their failure to deliver a proper strategy for careers for young people – responding to concerns of businesses at a Dods Labour Party Conference...

Gordon has signed Greener UK’s “Pledge for the Environment” to show his support for environmental protections as Britain begins the process of leaving the EU.Greener_UK_Pledge.jpg

The pledge calls on Gordon and other MPs to do everything in their power to:

  • Establish the UK as a world leader on the environment by committing to match or exceed current environmental, wildlife and habitat protections.
  • Ensure the UK leads on climate change by publishing robust low carbon investment plans and driving the Paris Agreement’s implementation internationally.
  • Create a countryside richer in nature by supporting farmers and landowners to deliver environmental benefits alongside a thriving farming sector.
  • Make the UK a world leader in innovative and sustainable marine and fisheries management.

Gordon said: “I am very pleased to sign Greener UK’s Pledge for the environment and it links to the points I made at my Cleaner Greener Blackpool event at the Solaris Centre last year.

“There is evidence of strong public support for the same or stronger level of environmental safeguards following Brexit. This is crucial for a town like Blackpool so we keep our bathing waters to a high standard and build on the progress we have recently where our beaches have earned blue flag status.”

Greener UK is a coalition of 13 major environmental NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations), who came together in the wake of Brexit so the UK secured the benefits of existing environmental laws and built on these to ensure a world class environment for all.

To find out more about Greener UK go to www.greeneruk.org .

 

Gordon signs Greener UK’s “Pledge for Environment”

Gordon has signed Greener UK’s “Pledge for the Environment” to show his support for environmental protections as Britain begins the process of leaving the EU. The pledge calls on Gordon...

Gordon has been down to Preston New Road to reiterate his opposition to fracking - almost one year on after the Tory Government rode roughshod over the people of Lancashire and allow Cuadrilla to frack. Fracking_2.jpg

It’s the second time this year he has been down to the site talking with and listening to local residents, along with colleagues from both Blackpool and Fylde Labour Parties. He repeated the concerns about the costs of policing the site but this time he also heard worrying reports about the speeds of fracking delivery vehicles coming onsite and Cuadrilla breaching planning conditions set out by the council.

Speaking from Preston New Road, he said: “I am strongly opposed to fracking and I repeat what I said earlier in the year – it’s a disgrace that the Tory Government have rode roughshod over the original decision made by Lancashire County Council and ignored the wishes of local people who said no. I’ll continue to support the judicial review on this very issue with the results from the High Court expected soon.”

Gordon added: “I continue to be very concerned about the amount of money it is costing the police to facilitate Cuadrilla’s fracking. It is having a big impact on police resources and already stretched across Blackpool because of Tory cuts. I believe firmly that both the Home Office and Cuadrilla should be paying towards the costs of policing the site and not local residents. I have raised this with the Chief Constable Andy Rhodes and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire Clive Grunshaw.

“There are also the issues around the access and speed of fracking delivery vehicles to the site. This is not only a danger to the protesters but other drivers on the A583. This issue needs to be closely monitored by the police - we do not want a serious accident on what is a very busy road.”

Those who met with Gordon also spoke about their fears of possible contaminated water spillages from tankers and also had observed “slick” on land adjacent to the rig area where cows and other animals had been grazing.

 

Gordon visits fracking site to hear concerns of local people

Gordon has been down to Preston New Road to reiterate his opposition to fracking - almost one year on after the Tory Government rode roughshod over the people of Lancashire...

GM_PIC.jpgGordon has welcomed the decision by Blackpool Council to purchase Blackpool Airport from Bafour Beatty in a deal worth £4.25m.

It brings the airport into full public ownership for the first time in 13 years after it was sold to a private consortium in 2004.

Gordon told the Gazette: “The council is making a very important and strategic decision which should be welcomed.

“I have long felt that we need to secure the future of the airport as an aviation centre and that cannot be achieved if it passes into the hands of people who would simply be focused on housing or retail development.”

But he said that future commercial passenger flights would depend on air operators and people should not expect a swift return to holiday flights since the area’s lack of capacity to fill large jets had caused big losses in the past.

Gordonsaid: “The strategic fit which the council is saying is the key factor is absolutely right. The Enterprise Zone and the existing activities at the airport offer significant potential for development in the future given the commercial activities in Liverpool Bay with energy and other renewables.

“It absolutely has to be carefully maintained financially but the idea that it should be a central part of economic strategy locally is completely correct.”

He added that commercial flights could return if the Government would consider subsidies for regional airports to help with security and safety overheads.

 

Gordon welcomes decision by council to purchase Blackpool Airport

Gordon has welcomed the decision by Blackpool Council to purchase Blackpool Airport from Bafour Beatty in a deal worth £4.25m. It brings the airport into full public ownership for the...

Gordon is to hold one of his regular advice surgery this Friday (15th September).

This will take place from 3.00pm to around 4.30pm 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 15th September

Gordon is to hold one of his regular advice surgery this Friday (15th September). This will take place from 3.00pm to around 4.30pm at his Constituency Office, 304 Highfield Road,...

Gordon has congratulated his “Cleaner Greener Champions” at a special award ceremony at the Solaris Centre – presided over by the Deputy Mayor Councillor Gary Coleman.Group_Shot.jpg

The award winners were chosen by a panel of judges – Elaine Smith MBE (Friends of Stanley Park), Annie Heslop (Marton Mere Nature Reserve), David McGrath (former manager of Blackpool Solaris Centre), Shaun Pickup (Dahlia’s Kitchen) and Councillor Gillian Campbell (Deputy Leader at Blackpool Council).

Deputy Mayor Councillor Gary Coleman presented the awards to an audience of over a hundred people for the following categories - Green Business, Green Activist/Community Group, Green Volunteer, Young Green Champion, Green Educational Institute, and Green Hero.

The winners were:

-Potty Pots (Highfurlong School) – Green Business

-Belle Vue Strawberry Garden Action Group – Green Activist/ Community Group

- Jim Wilkinson and Chrissie Smith (Salisbury Woodland) – Green Volunteers

-Declan Beard (Blackpool and Fylde College) – Young Green Champion

-Park Academy’s Eco Warriors – Green Educational Institute

-Enid Sharratt (Highfield Park Community Gardeners) – Green Hero (pictured)

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Councillor Coleman brought the awards to a close with a passionate speech about why the work of individuals and organisations across Blackpool mattered in the wider context of green and environmental issues.

Gordon said: “I am delighted to announce the winners for my first ever Cleaner Greener Champions competition on the back of launching my Cleaner Greener Blackpool campaign here at the Solaris Centre on St Georges Day last year. We had a raft of excellent nominations and the judges told me they had a difficult time in choosing the winners.

“It is a testament to our town where we have so many hardworking individuals and organisations working together to make Blackpool a cleaner and green place for everyone. These awards are about recognising those contributions and efforts and ensuring green and environmental issues remain a key focus and priority for people in Blackpool.”

Enid Sharratt, 82, who was named Green Hero for her work as part of the Highfield Park Community Gardeners group said: “I am just thrilled to have won. I am also delighted the park got recognised because it’s a team effort from everyone at Highfield Road Park.”

Elaine Smith MBE, one of the five judges added: “It was wonderful seeing all the different people from green spaces and also the ones we don’t always know much about such as Belle Vue Strawberry Garden Action Group. I was also pleased to some of the smaller parks recognised and someone who volunteers in one of our local parks be recognised as the overall Green Hero.”

 

Gordon congratulates first ever Cleaner Greener Champions at packed awards ceremony at the Solaris Centre

Gordon has congratulated his “Cleaner Greener Champions” at a special award ceremony at the Solaris Centre – presided over by the Deputy Mayor Councillor Gary Coleman. The award winners were...

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