Gordon Birtwistle was MP for Burnley from 2010 until 2015. He was also a councillor for 25 years, leader of the Council and Town Mayor. He is standing again as the Liberal Democrat candidate in this constituency for the 2017 General Election.
Gordon says that, “After 30 years of decline in Burnley and Padiham under Labour”, he reversed this trend during his five years as MP and adds, “I believe that I have shown myself to be an effective campaigner for our area.”Gordon brought in millions of pounds’ worth of investment to the town, creating new sustainable jobs for local residents during his time as MP. Over the same period, the unemployment rate was halved and the number of apprenticeships was doubled to over 4,700.
He brought in £9 million from the government for a brand new Emergency Unit at Burnley Hospital. Gordon also led a successful campaign for Burnley Hospital to receive £15.6 million investment for a state-of-the-art Ophthalmology Department and new surgical units.
Gordon states, “Frankly, Labour has now got to the point where they can’t offer a decent opposition to the Conservatives in Parliament, they are implementing the Tories’ cuts from the County Council, and they are failing to deal with Burnley’s problems”. Speaking about the general election, he says, “I am delighted to be standing to be Burnley’s MP again. There’s so much to do for our town.”
Gordon was born in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire and has lived in Burnley since he was a child. He is married with two grown-up children.