MP votes for green clean power target

The Environment Agency was in Blackpool today to take water samples off the beach, a measurement which might prove crucial to the resort's future as new EU regulations come into force in 2015.'Environmental Monitoring Assistant Sarah Marshall shows the sample to MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool South Gordon Marsden, and Fred Jackson, whose portfolio includes responsibility for coastal defence and sea quality.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'18-5-2013

The Environment Agency was in Blackpool today to take water samples off the beach, a measurement which might prove crucial to the resort's future as new EU regulations come into force in 2015.'Environmental Monitoring Assistant Sarah Marshall shows the sample to MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool South Gordon Marsden, and Fred Jackson, whose portfolio includes responsibility for coastal defence and sea quality. PIC BY ROB LOCK'18-5-2013

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A Blackpool MP has voted in support of renewable energy in a bid to kickstart job creation and help revitalise the Fylde coast.

Gordon Marsden, Labour MP for Blackpool South, has backed a move to clean up UK power and tackle climate change by voting for an amendment to the Energy Bill.

The Bill, currently in Parliament, would set the Government a legal target to remove carbon emissions from the UK’s power supply almost entirely by 2030.

Mr Marsden said: “The green economy currently supports almost a million jobs – including jobs here in Blackpool.”

The MP, who is shadow business minister, hopes that by backing the Bill it will see green companies move to the Fylde coast and invest in employment opportunities.

He added: “Companies are looking to make long-term investments in the green economy and bring new jobs to our region. Green companies and their supply chains will only make long-term investments in the North West if there’s a clear pathway for renewable energy in the future.

“That’s why I voted for a target to cut the carbon from our electricity by 2030 – it would help stabilise the climate and provide much needed jobs, as well as keeping bills as low as possible in the long-term.”

The Bill is set to be debated in the House of Lords later this month, when the clean power target will be a key issue to be discussed.