Commenting on the Conservative's latest budget today, Labour and Co-operative MP Luke Pollard has criticised the budget that has no extra money for the south west train line, no extra money for defence to save HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark from latest round of defence cuts and little to no mention of the far South West at all.
Ahead of the Autumn Budget on Wednesday, the Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, Luke Pollard has asked Philip Hammond to use the budget to give the South West “our fair share.”
Commenting on the resignation of Sir Michael Fallon, Luke Pollard, Labour and Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport calls for the new Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson MP to categorically rule out cuts to the UK Royal Navy's amphibious assault fleet and Royal Marines as his first act.
Today, Luke took part in a cycle challenge against serving members of The Armed Forces, as well as the Speaker of the House John Bercow MP and other MPs to raise money for The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.
The petition set up by Luke to stop cuts to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines has now reached 10,000 signatures, triggering an official response from the government.
This week Luke has continued his campaign against possible cuts to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and launched a public and parliamentary petition (which you can sign here). Luke has called for the public to back his petition to put pressure on the government. This follows Luke's letter to the Secretary of State Sir Michael Fallon asking him to end speculation that the Conservative Government are considering scrapping Devonport-based HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark, and calls on the Government to reaffirm commitment to the Royal Marines.
This morning, Luke Pollard MP responded to a story on BBC News that the Conservative Government are considering scrapping Devonport based HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark as part of a package of cost-cutting measures. Luke has strongly condemned these plans and pledged to fight them "tooth and nail."
This week Luke wrote a short blog post explaining the letter he wrote to Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon, calling for one of the eight new Type 26 Frigates to be named HMS Plymouth.
Luke has welcomed the much delayed Government shipbuilding strategy as a chance for Devonport to build modules for warships again. Included in the strategy is an announcement of five new light frigates called Type 31e frigates. Luke has raised concerns in the Commons that the weaponry on the Type 31e Frigates will not give the UK the military requirements it needs.
Nia Griffith MP, Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary, visited Plymouth last weekend to speak to veterans and to see the bases the Tories are closing in our city for herself.