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 cross-party 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 for the Mayflower Celebrations
400 years ago pilgrims set sail to the New World from the Mayflower steps, on Plymouth Barbican in the constituency Luke represents. Luke is keen to be involved in this anniversary to make sure Plymouth’s part of the story is remembered and celebrated properly for future generations.
APPG for Hockey
Luke is a keen hockey player and a big fan of the game. He wants to see hockey popularised and made accessible to as many people as possible.
APPG for Armed Forces
Role: Vice-Chair, with responsibility for the Royal Marine
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 on for the Great South West
Luke was clear in the election campaign 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 on Social Media
Luke was an early adopter of using 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 the Visitors Economy AGM
Tourism is a very important part of Plymouth’s economy.
APPG for Blood Donation
Fighting for equality is a key reason why Luke is Labour. The fight of LGBT equality on blood donation is like any battle against discrimination based on sexuality, religion or ethnicity and must be challenged. Luke recently joined the group and praises their hard work as the government recently announced it will reduce waiting times for gay men to give blood from 12 to 3 months.
APPG for Water
Due to keeping our beautiful coastline clean the South West has some of the highest water bills in England and Wales. This is therefore an important policy area to keep an eye on.
APPG for General Aviation
In 2010, Plymouth Airport closed down. Luke believes that re-opening the airport will improve business links and ensure Plymouth gets the investment needed to grow as a city. He is excited to work with other MPs to work to re-open Plymouth Airport.
APPG for the Falkands
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 for Armed Forces Covenant
Military service personnel and their families make an enormous sacrifice to keep us safe. This APPG was set up in 2015 to ensure government upholds the Armed Forces Covenant and ensure that those who serve, or have served in the Armed Forces, along with their families get the support they deserve.
APPG on Dementia
Luke’s work on this APPG will help champion the rights of people affected by dementia and ensure that they receive the right same care, support and experiences as others in society.
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. Luke is an officer in the APPG for RE helping promote the teaching and understanding of different faiths, cultures and beliefs that are essential for a diverse and welcoming society.
APPG on State Pension Inequality for Women
Luke is the son of a WASPI woman and there are thousands of WASPI women in Plymouth whose pensions were wrongly stolen from them by Government due to unfair increase in the state pension age. Luke has been a loud voice in Parliament demanding pension justice for women born in the 1950s.
APPG on Basketball
Luke is a keen fan of Plymouth Raiders and wants to see better funding for UK Basketball clubs.
APPG on the Loan Charge
Luke is a support of the Loan Charge APPG as he shares concerns about the nature and impact of the ‘2019 Loan Charge’ which came in to force on the 5th of April 2019 and also has concerns about the wider context of fairness of tax legislation and HMRC’s conduct in enforcing it.
APPG on China
China is the world’s largest economy and what happens in China affects all of us in some way. As someone who has a passion about foreign affairs and defence Luke attends APPG meetings about China and works with local businesses in Plymouth to encourage exports and links between our city and China.
APPG on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
Luke joined the APPG on ME after speaking on invisible illnesses such as Fibromyalgia and ME that affects so many people in Plymouth. In this APPG he works on a cross-party basis to raise awareness and lobby for better treatment and research.