Over the last few years, Burnley and Padiham has gone from a jobs ‘black hole’ to the most enterprising place in the UK.
In the 2008 Centre for Cities report, Burnley was heavily criticised for under performing. This included figures showing employment from 1995 to 2005, which demonstrated that Burnley was the only place in the country to lose jobs during that decade. During this whole period, Burnley was represented by Labour - with a Labour MP and a Labour council in Burnley and Lancashire. Labour was failing Burnley and Padiham.
In 2010, Gordon Birtwistle was elected as the Member of Parliament for Burnley and Padiham and has been fighting for government and private investment in the borough ever since. Since being elected we have seen millions of pounds brought to Burnley through schemes such as the Burnley Bridge industrial estate and the former Michelin site developments due to bring in thousands of new jobs to the area.
The former Michelin Site was left derelict under Labour now with government investment won by Gordon Birtwistle it’s an advanced aerospace supply chain park, with several hi tech firms moved in and the remainder of the site due to be developed soon.
Unemployment has dropped by a third since Gordon was elected and in 2013 Burnley was recognised for it’s development as the Most Enterprising Place in the UK. Burnley is becoming a success story.