This Saturday, Shadow Fisheries minister Holly Lynch visited Plymouth to meet with Plymouth’s new Labour MP, Luke Pollard.
Holly Lynch’s arrival follows a series of visits from Labour’s front bench since Luke’s election, including Shadow Defence Secretary of State Nia Griffith and the Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs Cat Smith.
As a new member of the shadow DEFRA team, Luke invited Holly down to Plymouth to visit Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Sutton Harbour to talk to members of Plymouth’s marine and fishing community.
For lunch, they visited Plymouth’s new seafood restaurant the Cracking Crab Company on the Barbican and tucked into a spread of local seafood.
Luke Pollard MP says:
“Our fishing is vital to Plymouth - it supports nearly 1,000 jobs and it’s something I’m proud to support. As part of the shadow DEFRA team I’ve been talking about a good deal for fishing from Brexit and promoting Plymouth’s word class marine research and industry. I invited Holly Lynch MP to see just how good Plymouth is and she’ll be under no doubt how vital it is to protect these industries in any Brexit deal.”
Holly Lynch says:
“It’s great to be down here to see Plymouth’s vibrant fishing and marine community. In the last few weeks I’ve been visiting fisheries from Falmouth to Scarborough and will be heading up to Northern Ireland and Scotland. These visits are vital in making sure that Labour can make an informed decision during negotiations.
DEFRA issues are huge when it comes to Brexit. We’ve got to get the detail right on research, science funding and science commercialisation. Marine protection is also key and we need think about how we can fish sustainably after Brexit.
As we look to set our own fisheries policy we'll need to bring a lot of our science back in house to get sustainability right. This is a great opportunity for institutions like Plymouth Marine Laboratory that I met today to feed into that work.”
Watch Luke's Facebook Live with Holly lynch MP below: