Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle to stand at General Election

Gordon Birtwistle.'Photo Ben Parsons
Gordon Birtwistle.'Photo Ben Parsons

Burnley’s Liberal Democrat MP, Gordon Birtwistle, has announced he will stand again at the next General Election.

The decision will mean that the next election, probably in 2015, will be a re-run of the 2010 election when Mr Birtwistle defeated the Labour candidate Julie Cooper.

Burnley Labour group recently announced that Coun. Cooper, leader of Burnley Borough Council, had been chosen to stand as their representative. She was chosen from an all-female shortlist.

There had been some uncertainty over whether Mr Birtwistle would decided to stand again as he will be 72 in 2015.

But, speaking to the Express, he said he was fighting fit.

He said: “When I was asked by the party whether I wanted to stand again, I asked for some time to think about it.

“However, I still train twice a week, I feel fit and I’ve still got the passion to do the job.

“More importantly, I want to finish the job I’ve started. In two and a half years I’ve managed to attract some real investment into Burnley and I want to see the fruition of that.

“Burnley is really on its way to being a prosperous town again, and hopefully the nation’s economy will improve.”

The 2010 General Election was a close-run affair in Burnley with Mr Birtwistle receiving 14,932 votes to Mrs Cooper’s 13,114.