Within 100 days of being elected Luke would host a Plymouth Brexit Summit bringing together employers, businesses, trade unions, the fishing industry, scientists, the Universities, trade bodies, voters, young people, exporters and importers and the City Council to hammer out our demands for Brexit.
Plymouth gets a raw deal from Government. You only need to look at the poor state of our train line to Plymouth to know that the Conservatives are good at soundbites but bad at delivery. That is why we need a proven local campaigner as our MP to stand up for us as a city.
Luke has made getting a good Brexit deal his number one pledge in this election. Whether you voted remain or voted leave - the priority now is making sure our city doesn't get a poor deal or get forgotten about in the Brexit negotiations.
Pledge 1: A good Brexit deal for Plymouth
I will fight for a deal to secure our jobs and rights and to protect our environment, fishermen and exporters.
Plymouth Brexit Summit
Plymouth often gets a raw deal because our MPs are too focussed on their pet projects (like hedgehogs) and not the city. As the UK leaves the EU, the next two years are vital. We need our MPs focused on the task at hand. That's why, within 100 days of being elected on 8 June, Luke will convene a Plymouth Brexit Summit.
This event will bring together all those with a stake and a view about Brexit's impact on Plymouth. It will include voices who voted Leave and those who voted Remain - and it will be entirely focused on creating a set of demands Luke will then take to Westminster to fight for.
The type of questions I want the summit and its participants to answer include:
- What deal do we want for our fishing industry?
- What deal do we want for our Universities to protect research and student funding?
- What deal do we want to ensure we don't lose a single penny in funding thanks to Brexit?
- How can the rights of EU citizens in Plymouth be guaranteed and those from Plymouth living in the rest of the EU?
- How can we continue to protect our marine science and engineering bases?
- What deal do we want to ensure that our businesses won't pay costly tariffs on our exports to the EU and further afield?
This summit will be open to all. I believe in cross-party working. That's at the heart of my campaign to put Plymouth first and party second.
"Brexit is the single biggest issue facing Plymouth at this election. That is why if elected on 8 June I'll convene a Brexit Summit so Plymouth's voice can be heard in the negotiations. This summit will produce a set of demands that I will take directly to Ministers and fight on. We get a raw deal from Government - just look at our train line - and if we get that same raw deal with Brexit jobs will be put at risk in Plymouth. I'll fight for a good Brexit deal with demands crafted in co-operation with Plymouth's citizens and businesses."
The list of Plymouth's demands for a Brexit deal would then be voted on by participants, making sure it is a campaign we can all get behind. This is the type of co-operative approach that Luke has pioneered for community campaigning in Plymouth.
What are the Tories doing?
The Conservatives don't want to tell you what their plans are for Brexit. Other than a few soundbites, there is no detail about what they want for our country, what they'll trade away and where we will end up. That simply isn't good enough. Our local MP is weak and has asked more questions about hedgehogs in Parliament than about Brexit. He has shown himself to be either unwilling or incapable of standing up for Plymouth. It's time for a fresh, active, local campaigner to stand up for our city.
Luke is the only candidate giving people in Plymouth a say in crafting the Brexit position our MPs fight for. That's because he will put Plymouth first and party second.