MP highlights town’s support for veterans

MP Gordon Marsden at his office in South Shore.

MP Gordon Marsden at his office in South Shore.

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Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden has praised the work of armed forces champions during a House of Commons debate.

Mr Marsden referred to the late Marton councillor Jim Houldsworth, who he said was ‘instrumental’ in Blackpool signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant, a promise that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly.

He also praised the work of the town’s current Forces Champion Coun Chris Ryan.

Mr Marsden said: “Blackpool has a proud tradition of supporting the forces and in 2011 we were the first town in the North West to sign up to the covenant.

“People like the late Jim Houldsworth deserve an enormous amount of credit and I am also proud of our current Forces Champion Chris Ryan, who is carrying on this important work across the town.”

The MP, who is also Labour’s Shadow Skills and Apprenticeships Minister, also asked for more support for skills and training to help those leaving the forces.

This was one of the main points from the second Blackpool and Fylde Armed Forces forum at Holy Trinity Church in South Shore.