On Thursday 11 May, Luke met with Shoker Abobeker and other members from the Plymouth Kurdish Community at their office on Union Street.
Plymouth is home to people from across the world and I want them to know that they are very welcome in Plymouth.
One of the largest communities in our city is the the Kurdish Community. Many arrived as asylum seekers and now families exist with third generation Plymothians who play an important role in the development of the city.
Migration is a good thing if managed properly and integrating communities and providing adequate services for home and arriving populations is vital.
"It was a privilege to meet with members of the Kurdish community and I want them to know that they are very welcome in Plymouth. I know the economic contribution this community is making to our city, the jobs they are creating and the cultural diversity they add to our city.
My message to Plymouth's Kurdish community is a simple one: I will stand up for you and my door will always be open for you, your families and your community. I am proud of the diversity within Plymouth and I will stand up for every community if I am elected as your MP on 8 June.
Many of the challenges affecting the Kurdish community are the same as those affecting everyone else in Plymouth: the lack of affordable decent housing, an NHS in crisis and cuts to local schools.
I recognise the challenges new members of the Kurdish community in Plymouth can face arriving in a new country. I was impressed by the network of support offered by volunteers to the Kurdish community and I want to thank Shoker for the warm welcome he gave me. I know in elections communities must look to every candidate and ask what they will do for them and I want Kurds in Plymouth to know I will support them as I will all our diverse communities."
Since the EU referendum there has been a rise in hate crime in Plymouth and this has affected the Kurdish community as it has affected us all. Commenting on this, Luke said:
“Hearing stories about the rise in hate in our city is heartbreaking and shameful. I have zero tolerance towards personal abuse. I want the message to go out far and wide that I will stand up for you regardless of your background, age, gender, sexuality, ability or religion. Plymouth is stronger when we celebrate our diversity and if I'm elected as your MP on 8 June that is what I will do."
Luke has pledged to meet the Kurdish community often if elected and stand up for their community.