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  • Article: Jul 1, 2014

    MP backs move towards hospital PFI "buy out"

    Burnley and Padiham MP Gordon Birtwistle has backed moves by East Lancashire hospital bosses to "buy out" the PFI contracts under which new local hospitals were built in 2006.

    Current estimates are that the hospital trust will end up repaying around £1 billion for buildings which cost £140 million. Last month it was announced that Northumbria health trust, with assistance from their County Council was buying out their contract and saving £3.5 million a year.

  • Gordon Birtwistle MP watching the installation of the first beam at the Burnley Bridge Industrial Park
    Article: Sep 24, 2013

    "Stunning sight" as Gordon watches first beam going into place at Burnley Bridge

    Burnley and Padiham MP Gordon Birtwistle said seeing the first beam being lowered into place at the Bur nley Bridge industrial park was an "absolutely stunning sight".

    The bridge will provide access to the site off the M65 junction and when fully open the site will create 1500 new jobs for Burnley.

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    Article: Sep 18, 2013

    Gordon Birtwistle, MP for Burnley and Padiham has welcomed the announcement that free school meals will be provided fall all children in their first three years at school.

    The plan was announced by party leader Nick Clegg at Lib Dem conference and will start from next September.

    "This is excellent news which will be welcomed by families across Burnley. Ensuring that all children get a hot healthy lunch will improve standards in our schools and ensure that no children miss out."

  • Article: Sep 17, 2013

    MP for Burnley Gordon Birtwistle has hit out at negative coverage of Burnley in a national newspaper and challenged them to report on some of the positive developments in the town.

    The Daily Mail ran a piece entitled "Bad Streetview" based on images from Google Streetview claiming to cover some ofthe "most dangerous places in the world". Among the shots were images of Trafalgar Street in Burnley taken several months ago before the WashWorx car wash opened.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2013

    Gordon Birtwistle has welcomed the news that plans to cut the daytime Worsthorne bus service are to be scrapped.

    Gordon said:

    "After a meeting in Worsthorne last week I met with representatives from TransDev who in turn have had discussions with Lancashire County Council about the bus service from Pike Hill to Worsthorne,"

  • Gordon Birtwistle MP meeting apprentices in Burnley
    Article: Jun 25, 2013

    "Let's have 25 new firms taking on apprentices" - says MP

    Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle praised Burnley company Calico for doing a sensational job at creating and supporting apprenticeships on a visit to the firm on Friday (June 21st).

    Gordon also used the visit to launch a new challenge to Burnley business no currently employing an apprentice calling on 25 local firms to commit to taking one on.

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    Article: Jan 23, 2013
    By Campaign

    Gordon Birtwistle, Liberal Democrat MP for Burnley, has called on businesses in Burnley to bid for a share of the Regional Growth Fund, which has already helped to create and safeguard jobs across East Lancashire.

    The Coalition Government scheme that has already created or safeguarded almost 80,000 of jobs in the North West with £343m worth of investment opened a new round of bids on Thursday of last week. Round four of the Regional Growth Fund will be worth £350m of investment to create jobs and growth across England.

    Commenting, Gordon Birtwistle said:

    "The Regional Growth Fund is an important part of the Liberal Democrat efforts in the Coalition Government to build a stronger economy in a fairer society.

    "Already the Regional Growth Fund has made a real difference in Burnley funding multi-million pound projects such as the Todmorden Curve rail link and the new aerospace supply chain centre at the old Michelin site.

    "While Labour went on a prawn cocktail offensive in the City of London, they forgot to invest in the rest of Britain. By investing in jobs and growth in Lancashire, Liberal Democrats are rebalancing the economy to end our over-reliance on financial speculators in London and give areas like ours a fair share of investment.

    "I will be working with business in Burnley to ensure we get the best out of the Regional Growth Fund and create sustainable jobs now and in the future."

    Commenting further, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

    "The Regional Growth Fund is already proving a shrewd investment by providing a welcome boost to jobs and growth across the country, with thousands of jobs created and businesses expanding into new markets and manufacturing new products.

    "With this next round of funding, I would urge England's budding businesses to produce top quality bids to access the money that can help them grow.

    "There'll be stiff competition, and we can only invest in those projects that will lead to sustainable jobs and the best value for money. Boosting jobs and growth is our number one priority for Britain right now.

    "That is why I am so pleased to be opening a fourth round of the Regional Growth Fund which supports growth across a range of industries."

  • Article: Jan 3, 2013
    By Campaign

    Gordon Birtwistle MP's Contribution to the Growth & Infrastructure Bill 2nd Reading 17th Dec

    Gordon Birtwistle MP recently contributed to the Growth & Infrastructure Bill. He argued that new employees should have the freedom of choice to take up alternatives to the standard employment contract.

    In the debate, Gordon argued:

    "I believe in freedom of choice. If an individual wishes to work for a company on a contract such as that which is proposed, they should be able to do so. That will not be the case in the big industries. Rolls-Royce and Jaguar Land Rover are not going to get involved. This scheme is for small niche companies in the high-risk sectors, such as high-tech firms and website designers, which employ recent graduates who want to get involved in such firms because they hope they will become a second Google. These companies are the gamblers that grow and create jobs in the future. I cannot understand why this Parliament should stand in the way of these people and say, "I'm sorry, but you can't do that, even if you wish to do so."

    "I think back to the 1960s when I was 24 and I had just come out of my apprenticeship. I went for a job as a contract draughtsman. I was offered two alternatives by the company. It was a good company, and it said I could have all the schemes it had, such as holiday pay and a contract for 44 hours of work a week-those were the hours we used to work in those days-and I would have a fixed rate. Alternatively, the company said I could have none of those schemes and have four shillings an hour more than everybody else was getting. I was keen to earn extra money, because I wanted to save up and put a deposit down on a house, so I decided not to have any of the conditions laid down by the company. I decided, on my own back, as I had the freedom to do so, to take extra money for working as many hours as I wished while having no contractual employment. I did that for two years and managed to raise enough money to put down a deposit on a house. That was my choice and it was the company's choice to offer it to me. Other people worked there who wished to carry on with the conditions they had, but other young guys like me wanted to raise as much money as they could to put down deposits on houses, buy new cars and so on, and they went ahead and did it. They were free to do it-there was no pressure."

    You can read more of the debate here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm121217/debtext/121217-0003.htm#12121725001200

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    Article: Dec 21, 2012
    By Burnley Lib Dems

    Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle has welcomed the news that UK aerospace company BAE Systems has won a major contract to supply aircraft to Oman.

    BAE will provide 12 Typhoon fighter jets and eight Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft in the latest of a long line of contracts to supply Oman.

    Gordon said:

    "I am delighted that BAE has secured a multi-billion pound order for 12 new Typhoon and 8 Hawks from Oman. In addition to the recent order from Saudi Arabia for a further 72 jets this will ensure BAE have enough orders for a number of years, securing jobs at three of their UK bases.

    "The UK is internationally renowned for aerospace manufacturing and the fantastic BAE sites at Warton, Brough and Samlesbury are currently producing some of the most advanced aerospace manufacturing the world has seen. It is vital to the UK economy that we continue to encourage other nations to invest in British manufacturing. I am pleased this government has shown a commitment to manufacturing from day one and that the Prime Minister himself understands the importance of securing orders such as this. "

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    Article: Dec 5, 2012
    By Campaign

    Gordon Birtwistle, Chair of the Liberal Democrat Committee on Business, Innovation and Skills today saw the results of his campaign for a return to 100% capital allowances for capital purchases. Today in the Autumn Statement the Chancellor increased capital allowance relief tenfold from £25,000 to £250,000.

    The Chancellor described it as 'huge boost to all those who run a business, who aspire to grow and expand and create jobs' and said this capital allowance will cover the total annual investment undertaken by 99% of all the business in Britain.

    Commenting, Gordon Birtwistle said

    "It's fantastic the Chancellor has recognised the importance of manufacturing to the British economy and is supporting businesses by introducing 100% on capital purchases up to £250,000. This will particularly benefit SMEs and investment in new machinery will in turn help to boost the economy.

    "Increasing productivity in the manufacturing sector is hugely beneficial to the economy and will provide more jobs. Giving companies an incentive to invest is immensely important and I am pleased this government is getting behind industry. I'd like to see the limit for capital allowances increased in the future and will continuing campaigning for this"

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