Luke Pollard was elected as the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport in June 2017. Luke was born and lives in Plymouth and is the first MP to be born in Plymouth since Michael Foot represented the city in 1945.
After winning the seat from the Conservatives, Luke was appointed PPS to Shadow Environment Secretary, Sue Hayman MP, before being promoted to Shadow Environment Minister responsible for Water, Flooding, Fishing and Coastal Communities in July this year.
As a newly elected MP, Luke is an energetic fighter for Plymouth and the far south west to get its fair share of funding from Westminster. Luke spoke over 100 times in the House of Commons in his first 12 months and runs a number of campaigns from transport to defence, environment to refugees.
Luke is very proud to be a member of the GMB and Unite trade unions. Luke previously was a member of the Transport Select Committee.
Luke Pollard MP says:
Plymouth is my home. It was where I was born and where I live. I come from a family with strong links to the city – my father served in the Royal Navy as a submariner based in Devonport, and my mum taught at Marjon. I’ve lived in Peverell for the past nine years.
Before I was elected, I worked on major construction projects and I’m proud to have a business background. I’ve previously worked for ITV, South West Water, Sainsbury’s and ABTA, the holiday trade body. After graduating from the University of Exeter in 2001 I spent a year as the President of the Guild (Exeter’s Students Union).
I’m my own man. I think Plymouth has been let down by people putting their party ahead of Plymouth. I want to be fiercely independent in Parliament, putting Plymouth above party each and every time.
Luke was born in Freedom Fields hospital in Plymouth in 1980. His father was a submariner in the Royal Navy based in Devonport and his mum was a teacher in a nearby school. Luke attended Tavistock College and Christleton High School in Chester before returning to Devon to study Politics at the University of Exeter. While at University Luke was convinced he did not want a career in politics and lived life to the full. He worked in the student union bar and nightclub and was elected as the student union’s (in Exeter the SU is called the Guild) Campaign Officer before being elected as the President of the students union in 2001. He graduated with a First-class degree in Politics specialising in the politics of the European Union and international terrorism.
Before being elected
Luke has been an active campaigner in Plymouth for many years prior to his election. Luke was an early adopter of social media and you can watch some of his old videos on the Plymouth Labour YouTube page here . His favourite video remains this one here about the campaign against the Conservatives’ Pasty Tax. Luke was the Campaign Co-ordinator for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport for many years helping to run campaigns for Labour in the city. He was also an organiser of the Michael Foot Memorial Appeal that successfully fundraised for a memorial to Michael Foot in Freedom Fields Park.
Luke started his career in children’s television working for Carlton Television helping to make children’s television shows for ITV from their studios in Plympton. He went on to work for David Jamieson, who was the Labour MP for Plymouth Devonport and Scottish MP George Foulkes, now Lord Foulkes in the House of Commons. Luke worked on the successful 2005 General Election campaign in Labour’s Headquarters in London before beginning a role with Edelman, the global communications firm. In this role Luke helped advise companies large and small including South West Water, Sainsbury’s, BAE Systems, Thomas Cook and the BBC. In 2009 Luke took up a role with ABTA, the holiday trade body and worked in London and Brussels until leaving the role in 2014 to become a full-time candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport in the run up to the 2015 General Election. After the election Luke began a role as a Director for Field Consulting, a specialist firm advising companies on controversial building projects. Luke worked on skyscraper and housing development projects as well as advising firms in the rail and transport sectors. Luke left this role after being elected as an MP in 2017.
Luke believes that MPs should only have one job and that they should not employ their family members on the public purse. Not all MPs agree with this, but it is something Luke feels strongly about.
Luke is a proud member of the GMB and Unite trade unions and is an active member of the Co-operative Society, SERA – Labour’s environment campaign, the Fabians Society and is a member of Plymouth Energy Community and the Argyle Fans Trust. Luke lives in Stoke having just moved from Peverell where he lived near to the Hyde Park pub for the past decade. Luke is Plymouth’s first ever openly gay Member of Parliament. He lives with his boyfriend.
In his spare time he enjoys sport. He’s a keen Argyle fan and enjoys watching Plymouth Raiders at Pavilions. He has recently taken up wild swimming thanks to encouragement from the UN Ocean’s Patron, fellow Plymothian Lewis Pugh, and swims regularly in Plymouth Sound. Luke is a defender in hockey and football. Luke tweets a lot and is a big fan of cake.