I saw this report by Katherine Nash and it really opened my eyes again to the poverty that sadly still exists in Blackpool. I remember how much I used to enjoy the Alice in Wonderland ride in the Pleasure Beach, and the Bonny Street Market. I even said to a close friend “Who needs a cruise? Go to Blackpool instead!” It’s not right that people there can be reliant on Foodbanks, Blackpool needs more investment, jobs and regeneration. It could thrive but it needs help on the way. On a positive note, during my time with the Liberal Democrats in 2005 I met the love of my life in the doorway of the Blackpool Winter Gardens. A positive memory for the two of us.