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Gordon was elected as the MP for Burnley and Padiham in May 2010. Born in nearby Oswaldtwistle, Gordon has lived in Burnley for 33 years. He has been one of few MPs to have served an apprenticeship, being apprenticed to Howard & Bullough in Accrington after leaving school. As Burnley and Padiham's Member of Parliament, Gordon championed apprenticeships, doubling the number available for young people in the town. He has also won huge investment across Burnley and Padiham, bringing in thousands of new jobs for people locally.