Luke Pollard

Labour & Cooperative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

About Luke

Luke Pollard

Proud to be from Plymouth, proud to be Labour

Luke Pollard is the Labour and Co-operative Parliamentary Candidate in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport. 

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My background 

  • Plymouth is my home. It is where I was born in Plymouth and where I live.

  • I live in Peverell.

  • I come from a family connected with our city: My mum worked as a lecturer at Marjon and my Dad was a submariner in the Royal Navy before working refitting the submarines in the Dockyard.

  • The reason I’m Labour is because of my upbringing. I was raised with a strong sense of right and wrong, of the responsibility to speak up for those people who need help, and for those people without a voice. I was taught if you see something you don't think is right, don't wait for others to fix it, get involved and make sure it gets done.

  • This is was what made me run campaigns as a student at Exeter University, eventually becoming the President of the Students Union in 2001 after I graduated.

  • After University, I worked for ITV in Plympton making childrens’ TV programmes before getting a job working for David Jamieson, the then MP for Plymouth Devonport.

  • I’ve worked for Labour HQ, and for companies running campaigns such as Sainsbury’s, South West Water and Cancer Research UK. I then worked in tourism spending five years working for ABTA, the trade association that represents holiday companies.

  • I now work for a start up consultancy that advises companies on how to build controversial buildings including skyscrapers and football stadiums.
  • In the last general election I lost here by just 523 votes. Plymouth Sutton and Devonport is the closest election contest in the entire south west. 
  • Outside politics I enjoy football. I'm a Plymouth Argyle supporter and went to see my first game at Home Park when I was seven. I live only a short walk from the ground now and try to attend as many games as I can. I'm a pretty average defender when I play football although I'm a bit better at hockey!

  • I was proud to be part of the Michael Foot Memorial Appeal that successfully raised £30,000 to build a memorial to one of Plymouth's most famous sons in Freedom Field Park.

  • I'm a big fan of social media. I tweet regularly at @LukePollard and record YouTube videos - take a look at them here. You can also follow me on Instagram here

 

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Luke and Plymouth Labour members

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Campaigning with Labour Party volunteers in Plymouth 

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Luke walking on Dartmoor - proud to be from Devon 

 

At a glance

  • Born in Plymouth and lives in Peverell
  • School Governor of a primary school for seven years
  • Used to work in Children’s television for ITV in Plympton
  • Member of the GMB, Unite and the Co-operative Party

 

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