Proud to be from Plymouth, proud to be Labour
Luke Pollard is the Labour and Co-operative Parliamentary Candidate in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport.
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.
Luke and Plymouth Labour members
Campaigning with Labour Party volunteers in Plymouth
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