Meet Andrew

Andrew Cregan, Blackpool South candidate

Andrew’s family moved to Blackpool in 1989, taking-on a small B&B in the Foxhall Village – the historic heart of the town. This corner of Blackpool was blessed with a strong sense of community – locals helped each other out, and people felt pride in their town.

He schooled at Revoe Primary, Collegiate Secondary and Blackpool Sixth Form, was a scout with the 11th Blackpool on Raikes Parade, and a Lancashire Army Cadet based out of the old Yorkshire Street Drill Hall. Like many young people from the area, after leaving for university he didn’t return, except for regular visits to see friends and family. His family remain in Blackpool, running that same small B&B today.

On each return visit to Blackpool, Andrew observed with sadness how his home town has slipped further – a shop here, a pub there, a whole street somewhere. A tightening grip of neglect and urban decay. Addiction, crime and anti-social behaviour encroaching on ever more communities. Public money sometimes coming in, but private investment taking flight.

Frustrated to see the resilience of Blackpool’s residents and businesses being pushed to the brink by the complacency and ineptitude of both local and national politicians, he has returned to his home town to fight to make Blackpool a great place to stay, to move to, and invest in.

Andrew would work for better outcomes for Blackpool residents, for a better deal for our neighbourhoods, and push for initiatives aimed at restoring pride in our communities and the confidence to invest.

Throughout his career, Andrew has consistently championed consumer rights and advocated for those who cannot speak for themselves. He began his career pushing for human rights and rule of law in Russia, raising the alarm on European energy security, and today is driving forward initiatives for reform in the retail energy market - advocating for measures like the introduction of a Social Tariff and the abolition of standing charges. He has served as an industry spokesperson and public policy expert, sitting on Bank of England and industry steering groups with a focus on preventing fraud and safeguarding consumer interests. He is a former London Borough Councillor, stood as a candidate in the 2019 General Election for the Parliamentary seat of Poplar & Limehouse, is a Director of a Right-to-Manage company, and remains a Trustee of a heritage building and community asset in London.

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Meet Bill

Bill Greene, Blackpool North and Fleetwood Candidate

Bill was born in Bristol and joined a major insurance group after leaving school and subsequently, as part of the IT department, moved to Lytham. Following redundancy, in the 1990s, Bill continued his IT profession within the Civil Service and retired from Hewlett Packard as a Project Risk Manager. 

Bill joined the Liberal Democrats in the 1970s and has been active at all levels of the party, including a period as a local Councillor. He is currently the Chair of the local Blackpool Liberal Democrats.

Bill is married to Irene and has a large family covering four generations, who all live locally. Each of them an individual, with different needs and aspirations. Bill and Irene try to treat them equally but also to treat each of them fairly. Sometimes this means giving more to those who have the greatest needs.

That is what the Liberal Democrats are aiming for in this election – FOR A FAIR DEAL.

A FAIR DEAL where everyone can afford a decent home somewhere safe and clean – with a comfortable retirement when the time comes.

A FAIR DEAL where every child can go to a good school and have real opportunities to fulfil their potential.

A FAIR DEAL where everyone can get the high-quality healthcare they need, when they need it and where they need it.

That is the FAIR DEAL the Liberal Democrats are fighting for. Protecting our environment and tackling Climate Change so that we do not destroy the world that we leave to our children.

A vote for Bill Greene is a vote for a society that recognises each individual and wants them to have A FAIR DEAL, with a safe and secure future.

 

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