Luke Pollard

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Prime Minister was in Plymouth today

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Do you remember Plymouth's Tory MP, Oliver Colvile, issuing a last minute commitment to campaign for 3% defence spending only to drop it after he won the election and got a promotion into Government? 

Do you remember the Tories promising Plymouth certainty over base-porting the new Type 26 frigates? Do you remember them refusing to answer questions about whether they'd commit to 2% of GDP being spent on our armed forces?

The Prime Minister was in Plymouth today promoting his fudged 2% defence spending figure. I'm very worried that behind this appealing headline there will be more job losses in Devonport and a risk to the future military presence in the Citadel and Stonehouse Barracks.

Read the Herald coverage of the PM's visit. The line about him laughing out loud when he heard Oliver Colvile's 3% campaign pledge is my favourite bit. Mr Colvile's 3% campaign pledge might have been a fiction, but it worked. Will you join me in holding him to account for that hasty promise and Tory defence cuts affecting Plymouth?

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