Luke Pollard MP

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Successful Labour Conference promises big investment for South West transport


This week Luke went to the 2017 Labour Party Conference in Brighton. This was Luke’s first conference as an MP but he’s already made a huge impact and brought back big news for Plymouth and the South West’s transport links.  

Compared to the constant crises and bickering of a weak Tory government, at Conference Labour showed they are a united party and a government in waiting.

At Conference, Labour delegates and members take part in debates to shape Labour’s vision for the UK. Labour is now the biggest political party in Europe with over 570,000 members and this year was Labour’s biggest ever conference with 11,000 people taking part in fringe events and exhibitions, networking and sharing ideas.

This year Luke had his busiest Conference yet, speaking at fringe events on Brexit and young people, and on transport, allowing him to put the case forward for Plymouth. Luke also had lots of media interviews and met representatives from a variety of companies, charities, campaign groups and even overseas governments that are vital to Plymouth’s interests.

It was a successful Conference for Plymouth with nearly 30 of the city’s representatives attending the event. This shows just how much Plymouth’s lobbying power is improving in Labour.

Conference got off to a great start for Plymouth with Jeremy Corbyn building on Labour’s election pledge to invest £2.5bn in the South West trainline, stating a further plan to electrify the line to Plymouth.

Next Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell announced Labour would extend electrification to Cornwall. This is great news for the far South West, and shows that Luke’s and Plymouth’s lobbying is paying off. Labour is now the only party to pledge the money that means faster journey times in and out of the region which will massively improve business links to Plymouth.

Luke said:

“This week’s Labour Conference in Brighton has been an incredibly positive affair. I’m on my way back to Plymouth now, filled full of enthusiasm, new ideas and determination to get our city a better deal. We’ve heard from both Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell about the pledge to invest £2.5 billion in the trainline all the way to Cornwall – this is great news for Plymouth, and a sign of the positive changes Labour can make to the region.

While Labour is united the Tories are looking shaky. The line peddled so poorly by Theresa May of being “strong and stable” is, we all know, utter fantasy. I can’t wait for the next general election as Labour stands ready to form the next government. We have a superb manifesto, great people and soon we will be selecting candidates in our target seats including in the north of Plymouth. Parliament returns in October and I can’t wait - there’s so much to do and lots to get stuck into.”

You can watch Luke’s videos from the Conference below:



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