Today is Polling Day

Don't forget - it's election day today and polls are open until 10pm this evening.

I am standing for re-election as the MP for Burnley and Padiham because I want to get the best deal for our town.

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Today is Polling Day
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A Healthy Record

I'd never set out to change the world when I was elected five years ago. Part of me thinks I'm too old to start on a task as big as that. However, I've always been determined to improve our access to local health services. Being Burnley and Padiham's MP has given me the opportunity to really start to make a difference on that score.

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A Healthy Record
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Victory in £15m Burnley Hospital Campaign!

After a campaign by Gordon Birtwistle, backed by hundreds of Burnley and Padiham residents who signed the petition, we have found out that Burnley Hospital will be receiving over £15 million investment for a state-of-the-art eye clinic, outpatients unit and surgical units.

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Victory in £15m Burnley Hospital Campaign!
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Gordon marks National Apprenticeship Week

Burnley and Padiham MP Gordon Birtwistle visited DEFRA Minister Dan Rogerson MP’s constituency in North Cornwall earlier this week as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2015.

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Gordon marks National Apprenticeship Week
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Gordon Supporting Earth Hour

Gordon Birtwistle, Member of Parliament for Burnley and Padiham, has signed up to support this year’s Earth Hour, highlighting the importance of protecting the world’s forests. Gordon was one of many MPs this year supporting WWF’s Earth Hour, which takes place on Saturday 28th March at 8:30pm, as well as the current campaign for a responsible trade in sustainably-sourced forest products.

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Gordon Supporting Earth Hour
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Burnley & Rose Grove to Manchester trains from May

For the first time in decades, direct trains will start running to Manchester from Burnley from 18th May this year. This is after the Todmorden Curve was rebuilt following funding won by Gordon Birtwistle and Burnley Liberal Democrats.

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Burnley & Rose Grove to Manchester trains from May
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Gordon visits Travis Perkins apprentices

A former apprentice and now Government Ambassador for Apprenticeships and All Party Parliamentary Group for Apprenticeships Chair, Gordon Birtwistle MP, visited Harvey Reeves Road branches in Northampton.

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Gordon visits Travis Perkins apprentices
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Burnley & Padiham Apprenticeships - Latest News

According to the latest figures released, there have now been over 4,700 new apprenticeships in Burnley and Padiham since 2010 - double the number that were created in the life of the previous Labour government (2005-10).

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Burnley & Padiham Apprenticeships - Latest News
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Labour's tuition fee plans will only help wealthy graduates

Labour's plan to cap maximum tuition fees to £6,000 is deeply regressive. Under their plans only the wealthiest graduates would benefit.

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Labour's tuition fee plans will only help wealthy graduates
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Gordon Champions Apprenticeships in Parliament

Gordon opened the cross-party All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Apprenticeships to a packed room in Parliament. There were around 70 attendees present from across industry. Gordon was on the panel with Julia Chippendale, MD at EAL, Janet Hull OBE, Director of Creative Pioneers, and two apprentices from the Industry Apprentice Council. 

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Gordon Champions Apprenticeships in Parliament
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