Gordon met a host of golden Labradors -and other breeds -as with their owners they lobbied MPs at Westminster for stronger action from Government on anti discrimination measures for assistant dog owners.
Gordon, who until last October was Labour's front bench spokesperson on bus and transport disability issues, met and chatted with North West campaigners among the nearly a hundred people who attended the lobby. The lobby was focused on the Guide Dogs charity 'Access All Areas' campaign, which aims to get the Government to take stronger action against assistance dog owners and their owners who have been refused access to shops, restaurants and other services, including transport.
He said: "I strongly support this campaign and both as a Blackpool MP and until recently Shadow Minister for buses I have repeatedly pressed Government ministers to do more to enforce and expand access rights for people with disabilities. Guide Dogs and other disability organisations I have campaigned with are rightly concerned that a much stronger approach is needed. Too little is being done by this Government to ensure there is proper disability awareness training for drivers and others coming into contact with people with disabilities - and their dogs - when travelling.
"I'm pleased to say in Blackpool itself there has been a lot of good work done by disability groups and campaigners with Blackpool Transport both as regards trams and buses and in their having stronger input to the way the Council gives people with disabilities more access in public spaces.
"But this Government needs to, step up to the mark as well. Their voluntary approach, especially with the large bus operators, has been far too weak on training and access. The most recent surveys show disabled people are continuing to experience far too many frustrating encounters. That must change rapidly - and the work of Guide Dogs and others to hammer home the urgency for that to happen is very welcome."