Luke Pollard MP Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
All Party Parliamentary Groups
All Party Parliamentary Groups are a great way to work alongside other MPs from all parties and organisations outside Parliament to campaign on issues that matter to Plymouth.
“All Party Groups are a good way of working with MPs and Peers from other parties to promote an issue. There’s a lot of media focus on the differences between parties. For the South West to get the fair share that I think we deserve, I need to work with MPs from other parties. I’m pleased to do so.”
Luke is a member of the following All Party Parliamentary Groups:
APPG on Social Media
Luke was an early adopter of Twitter for political campaigning, as this article from 2009 shows. He is now very concerned about how to tackle rising hate and abuse online, as well as working to keep children safe when using social media.
APPG for Armed Forces
Role: Vice-Chair, with special responsibility for the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines
Luke is the son of a Plymouth Submariner. He knows how important a strong defence is for Plymouth and for the UK. Luke has already called for more frigates for our Royal Navy and campaigned against cuts to the military. The Royal Marines are an integral part of Plymouth’s past, present and future. Plymouth is the Royal Navy’s spiritual home, and it has the largest Naval base in Western Europe. This role will help him to scrutinise government further, and provide a vital link between Devonport and law-makers.
APPG for the Great South West
Since elected in 2017, Luke has been clear that Plymouth needs a new train line. The South West’s transport links are precarious and underfunded – Luke is keen to work with other local MPs to demand the investment we need.
APPG on Shipbuilding and Ship Repair
Working on this APPG is hugely important for Luke to protect the interests of Plymouth’s historic dockyard. HMNB in Devonport is the largest naval base in Western Europe and is responsible for ship maintenance and repair. Supporting the Royal Navy since 1691 it employs 2,500 Service personnel and civilians, supports around 400 local firms and generates around ten percent of Plymouth’s income.
APPG for Dance:
Luke’s partner is a Contemporary Dancer and Luke is keen to promote dance as an art form and as an important element of healthy living as well as promoting its social benefits.
APPG for Basketball
Luke is a big fan of basketball and enjoys watching the Plymouth Raiders. He is keen to raise the profile of basketball in this country and increase its accessibility.
APPG for the Falkland Islands
Supporting the Falklands Islands is about defending the Falklands and the right of the Falkland Islanders to be British as long as they want to be.
APPG on Religious Education
In more uncertain times it is important that every child has a good knowledge of world religions, faiths and non-religious beliefs as part of their education.
APPG on Environment
As the oldest APPG on environment, the APPG is active on three main themes: climate and energy, waste and resources, and natural environment.
APPG on the National Trust
As the largest conservation charity in Europe, the National Trust looks after nature and buildings of historical significance. The APPG on the National Trust is tasked with scrutinising the actions of the charity.