Luke Pollard

Labour's Parliamentary Candidate in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Plymouth Sound and surrounding marine protected areas should become the country’s first National Marine Park if a plan by Labour’s candidate in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport is adopted by Ministers.

  • National Marine Park would be the first of its kind in the UK
  • Labour candidate calls for city to aim high and add to its existing world class credentials
  • The UK’s first National Marine Park would be about managing space robustly and would not impede on naval or fishing activities

Plymouth Sound already has designations of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ) and Sites of Community Interests (SCI). Creating the UK’s first ever National Marine Park in the Sound would help put Plymouth on the map for environmental protection and sustainably managing our coastal waters.

Plymouth has a proud and diverse marine presence: Plymouth has a number of centres of excellence, with world leading scientists in the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Plymouth University. Our city is the home of the National Marine Aquarium and supports huge numbers of jobs in research and marine protection. Plymouth has a historic and strong naval presence that Luke will defend from Tory cuts. Our fishing port is the largest in England by tonnage landed. Sutton Harbour is home to diverse fishing fleet and is a vital hub for the rest of the South West. Millbay docks is home to cross channel ferries, with proposals for a new cruise terminal being discussed.

As well as providing a rich fishing grounds for charter vessels, our waters also boast a variety of leisure activities from diving, sailing, swimming and kayaking. With this amount of expertise and stakeholder knowledge, Luke argues this makes Plymouth the perfect place to make a National Marine Park a real success.

Luke says:

“I’m proud to be from Plymouth and I know just how beautiful the Sound and waters beyond the breakwater are. Rich in diversity from crabs to corals, lobsters to eel grass, mackerel and dolphins the sea life is simply amazing. We must do more to manage activities, the habitat and species. On land we are used to the idea of plans providing a blue-print for success and protection of our green spaces. National parks on land have development, extraction and farming, in the right places, at the right scale, we must look at our marine environment in the same way.” 

“The proposals to create the nation’s first National Marine Park would help to sustainably manage our coastal waters, protecting habitats while still allowing tourism, commercial and military activities. 

“Similar to the number of different zones on Dartmoor, from national park protected areas, to military exercise zones, having a marine national park off our coast is about managing the space in a robust and sustainable way. It is about mapping the seabed and habitat fully, bench marking, monitoring and finding out what works best.

I have a vision of Plymouth as a city that isn’t shy about promoting itself and selling our expertise. We are a proud maritime city - we are Britain’s Ocean City after all - and it seems fitting that the UK’s first National Marine Park is designated here. If elected on 8 June I’ll make campaigning for this one of my early priorities.”

Luke calls for Plymouth Sound to be the UK's first National Marine Park

Plymouth Sound and surrounding marine protected areas should become the country’s first National Marine Park if a plan by Labour’s candidate in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport is adopted by Ministers.

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Labour today announces a plan to make Britain's communities safer, by putting thousands more frontline staff into critical public services, including police, fire, prison, intelligence and border agencies. 

In the wake of large-scale Tory cuts to police and security resulting in 37,000 fewer staff, Labour will recruit: 


• 10,000 more police officers. 

• 3,000 more firefighters. 

• 3,000 more prison officers. 

• 1,000 more security and intelligence agency staff. 

• 500 more border guards. 

Labour's plans to boost staff numbers in these agencies will return staffing levels closer to those when Labour left office. 

Luke said:

Since the Tories came to power in 2010 they've cut 626 Police Officers from Devon and Cornwall. They've fired armed officers and cut the number of police dogs. Each and every cut was voted for by Plymouth's Tory MPs.

I won't vote to cut our Police. I'll back our Police by voting for the extra funding they need to protect all our communities. The Tories will cut further. Labour will protect the Police. That's the choice at this election: cuts or investment in our Police.


Under the Tories, serious crime is up, staffing levels at the security and intelligence services have been cut, and fire and rescue budgets have been cut by more than 30 per cent. Their reckless cuts to police budgets have led to the loss of 20,000 police officers, and they have dangerously reduced the number of staff in our increasingly overcrowded prisons and weakened our Border Force. 

Ensuring the safety of our communities demands properly resourced action across many fronts. It means upholding and enforcing our individual rights, promoting community relations, supporting our emergency services, tackling and preventing crime and protecting us from danger, including threats of terror and violence. 

Oliver Colvile voted to cut 626 police officers in Devon and Cornwall. Labour's Luke Pollard will oppose cuts to our Police. That's the choice at this election. 

Labour will protect our communities

Labour today announces a plan to make Britain's communities safer, by putting thousands more frontline staff into critical public services, including police, fire, prison, intelligence and border agencies. 

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Young people could swing the election here in Plymouth. For far too long young people have been ignored by politicians. It's time Westminster took notice of young people. That's why Labour's manifesto sets out an ambitious programme to help students.

Labour will lift the £38 billion debt burden from students’ shoulders

Labour will scrap tuition fees and ensure universities have the resources they need to continue to provide a world-class education.The Conservatives have held students back for too long, saddling them with debt that blights the start of their working lives. 400,000 university students will be freed from an average of around £27,000 debt this autumn if Labour is elected on 8 June.
Labour will:
  • Abolish tuition fees from 2018 - lifting a total £38 billion in debt from fees over the course of the next parliament, before a penny of interest is added
  • Restore maintenance grants
  • Write off the first year of fees for students planning to start university this September
  • Students part way through their degree will not have to pay fees for the remainder of their course and part-time students will be covered for the cost of their first undergraduate degree
  • Support students who have already graduated by protecting them from above inflation interest rate rises on existing debt
  • Under plans for a National Education Service, scrap college fees for adult learners
Luke says:
"I've been campaigning against tuition fees since I was a student. I remember campaigning against upfront fees, then upfront fees with the cap taken off and then the trebling of fees. The Lib Dems betrayed students in the 2010 election and the Tories further betrayed students in 2015 by lifting the cap on the 9k a year fees. Labour will scrap tuition fees and keep the cap on student loans so repayments are affordable. There are 45,000 students in Plymouth and they could well decide the outcome of this election if they vote on 8 June."
Only a Labour Government will build a Britain that works for the many, not the few.

Labour's plans to support students

  Young people could swing the election here in Plymouth. For far too long young people have been ignored by politicians. It's time Westminster took notice of young people. That's...


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