Luke thinks that Plymouth and the South West in general gets a raw deal from government. Luke sees it as a duty to speak up for Plymouth every time he stands up in the chamber. See every time he has spoken since being elected below:

  • 13th November 2018- Westminster Hall Debate- Climate Change: Extreme Weather

  • 6th November 2018 – Westminster Hall Debate- Badger Cull

  • 5th November 2018- Commons Chamber Debate- Road Safety 

  • 23rd October- Question on Health and Social Care

  • 22nd October 2018- Question on Defence

  • 15th October 2018- Westminster Hall Debate- Racehorse Protection

  • 11th July 2018- Commons Chamber Debate- Defence Industry and Shipbuilding

  • 11th June 2018-Question on Defence Ships

  • 6th June 2018- Westminster Hall Debate- Employment Rates

  • 6th June 2018-Westminster Hall Debate- Frigate Debate

  • 4th June 2018-Question on Rail Timetabling

  • 24th May 2018- Question on Transport Wi-Fi and Mobile Signals

  • 16th May 2018-Question to Transport Minister on Railways

  • 10th May 2018- Westminster Hall Debate-Community Transport Debate

  • 10th May 2018-Question on Internet in Rural Areas

  • 26th April 2018- Question on Plymouth Studio School

https://youtu.be/cC3OztJ14CQ

  • 25th April 2018-Petition hand-in

  • 24th April 2018-Justice Question on Prisons

  • 23rd April 2018- Westminster Hall Debate-Road Safety Debate

  • 17th April 2018- Prime Minister Questions-Question on Syria Airstrikes

  • 28th March 2018- Westminster Hall Debate- Primary Care GP

  • 20th March 2018-Question on Fisheries in the Far South West

  • 16th March 2018- Statement on Refugees Family Reunion Bill

  • 13th March 2018- Question During the Spring Statement

https://youtu.be/KwKJpIQK6ZQ

  • 6th March 2018- Westminster Hall Debate-Cladding and Remedial Fire Safety Debate

  • 5th March 2018- Question on Defence Ships and Cuts to Frigates

  • 1st March 2018- Question to Chris Grayling on the South West Railway

https://youtu.be/z_FPcIdl5cA

  • 28th February 2018-Westminster Hall Debate-Equality of Voting Ages Debate

  • 27th February 2018- Westminster Hall Debate- Private Probation Services

  • 27th February 2018- Questions on Transport Select

  • 23rd February 2018- Organ Donation Debate

  • 8th February 2018 – Question on Mass War Graves in Indonesia

  • 25th January – Defence Statement Question

  • 24th January – Child Refugees Debate

  • 18th January  – Statement on Holocaust Memorial Day

  • 18th January – Question on the State of Primary Care

  • 15th January – Question on Defence

  • 10th January – Defence Debate

  • 10th January – Transport Debate

  • 15th December – WASPI Debate

  • 7th December – Fisheries Debate

  • 5th December – Question on Under 18 Sexual Assault

  • 1st December – Intervention on Boundary Changes Debate

  • 24th November – Budget Debate

  • 16th November – Aerospace Strategy Debate

  • 6th November – Question on Type 23 Frigates

  • 26th October – Question on Returning Officers

  • 24th October – SW Rail Links: Westminster Hall debate

  • 23rd October – Question on publication of SDSR17 review

  • 20th October – Defence Capability: Westminster Hall debate

  • 20th October – Question on Lifeboat Tasking

  • 16th October – Coastguards: Transport Select Committee

  • 10th/11th October – Gary Streeter PMQs, Andrea Leadsom and Luke’s response

  • 10th October – Question on Royal Navy cuts to BEIS Minister

  • 10th October – Question on Amphibious Assault Cuts

Hello #Plymouth – following speculation the Government is considering scrapping Devonport-based HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark and with it the Royal Navy’s entire amphibious assault capability, I asked the Government Minister if she would do something about the sovereign defence capability gaps that are clearly emerging in our Armed Forces. I wasn't happy with the Minister's answer that basically said to stop worrying about this story. I am genuinely worried that these rumours are a prelude to further cuts that would devastate Plymouth's local economy, hurt out armed forces and risk our national security. I want to make it clear to the Government that these cuts would be bad for Devonport, bad for Plymouth and bad for the country.I’ve called for all parties in work in a genuine cross-party manner to stop these Government cuts. As well as speaking in the chamber about cuts, I also attended a meeting of the backbench business committee, where Conservative MP Marcus Fysh has requested a debate on these very same cuts. I've lent my support to his call, and I want people in Plymouth to know that my cross-party work continues in Westminster. I said that I would put Plymouth first, and party second and I am willing to work with all MPs and Councillors from all parties to stop these cuts. Let me know what you think, Plymouth.

Posted by Luke Pollard on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

  • 15th September – Question on HMS Ocean to the Leader of the House

Hello #Plymouth – last chance before conference recess to get some more questions in. Today I asked the Leader of the House a question about HMS Ocean. The Devonport based carrier is doing a great job helping out in the response to Hurricane Irma, but is due to be scrapped. I'm concerned the new carriers cannot replace HMS Ocean's capabilities in littoral waters that are close to the shore. But I don't think the Leader of the House really understood my question. Watch my question and the response below. Let me know your thoughts.

Posted by Luke Pollard on Thursday, September 14, 2017

  • 14th September – Question on Police pay and Funding

Hello #Plymouth – before conference recess I asked a question linking the public sector pay cap to low morale in our local police forces. Since 2010, Devon and Cornwall police have lost 597 police officers. This year police officers received a below inflation pay 'increase’, which is in fact a real terms pay cut. I am concerned the failure to properly pay our police officers is having a negative impact on morale and is already a recruitment challenge. The Minister’s reply did not answer my question and instead suggested I should stop talking down our police officers. I’m not talking them down, they deserve a pay rise. By not paying police officers properly we are putting off potential joiners every single day. Let me know your thoughts.

Posted by Luke Pollard on Thursday, September 21, 2017

  • 14th September – World War 1 Commemoration

  • 8th September – Education Funding 16-19 Years Old Debate

Luke Pollard MP: Education Funding for 16-19 years old

Hello Plymouth. Standing up for education is one of my key pledges in the election. On Thursday, this week I spoke in the debate in the Commons on funding for education for 16-19 year olds. I was the last speaker before the Ministerial summing up and only had a few minutes to make my point. I wanted to share concerns that cuts to funding for sixth forms and FE colleges such as those in Plymouth is damaging the life chances of many Plymouth students. Teachers and lecturers do an amazing job in Plymouth, many working over their contracted hours to support young people especially those with special educational needs. I want to see teachers and lecturers given a decent pay rise, scrapping the pay cap, and 16-19 year olds funded properly for their education. I also raised concerns that the rhetoric and language we hear from Minister about what Britain could look like after Brexit seems at odds with their decisions to cut funding for schools and colleges. If we are to make the most of Brexit, then Government must invest more, not less, in educating our young people. The far south west already receives one of the worst education funding deals in the country and I cannot support further cuts to education. Thank you to all the schools and colleges in Plymouth who got in touch with me to pass on their views about education funding ahead of this debate. With only a few minutes I wasn’t able to say everything but hopefully got in the main points. Let me know what you think #Plymouth.

Posted by Luke Pollard on Friday, September 8, 2017

  • 7th September – Question on Child Refugee Reunification

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyLEr4yu6nI

  • 7th September – Statement on the new National Shipbuilding Strategy

Hello #Plymouth – yesterday I spoke in the chamber on the government's shipbuilding strategy. It is months delayed but offers opportunities for Devonport to get a share of modular build for the new frigates. At a fifth of the value of a Type 26 frigate I am concerned the new Type 31 frigate will be under-gunned and have asked the government to ensure that the new frigate are procured with more than just one main gun. I shared these concerns with Secretary of State Sir Michael Fallon. You can watch my question below. Let me know your thoughts.

Posted by Luke Pollard on Thursday, September 7, 2017

  • 5th September – Westminster Hall Debate – New House Design

Luke Pollard MP: New Housing Debate 5th September 2017

Hello #Plymouth – Parliament is back and I’m pleased I can continue to hold government to account and speak up for our city in the House of Commons. My first speech yesterday was in a debate on New Housing Design. We need to build more houses, but we must build them properly. I am concerned that in a rush to address the terrible housing crisis, poor quality homes are being built. This is not right and we need to make sure the houses being built and safe, secure and sustainable. In Plymouth, this is true for affordable housing in Mount Wise as many homes lack proper sound insulation. Plymouth is also seeing a housing boom particularly for student housing in the city centre, but many are poor quality, built quickly and cheaply, with some even being retrofitted after the Grenfell Fire.I hope to draw attention to this issue so government makes sure when building houses they are built for the long term. I ended by singling out an excellent example of a sustainable housing project in Plymouth, the Nelson House self-build project in Millbay. This is a project run by veterans, who are building 24 homes, helping other formerly homeless veterans secure a job in the construction industry and build their own homes. You can watch my full speech below. As always let me know your thoughts. I’m proud to back in Westminster, fighting for Plymouth every single day.

Posted by Luke Pollard on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

  • 21st July – Westminster Hall – Shape of the Armed Forces

Luke Pollard MP: The Future Shape of the Armed Forces 19th Jul…

In Westminster Hall this week there was a debate on the Future Shape of the Armed forces. The challenge now is how to adapt the Navy to serve the challenges that we face as a country. I fear that the 2010 and 2015 SDSRs did not do us many favours in creating the shape of the Royal Navy that we need. We have too few escort frigates. We need more, and they need to be more capable in their defensive and offensive weaponry. I am deeply concerned about the armaments on the Type 26 and Type 31, because they do not provide the full-spectrum capabilities that those frigates require in the face of the threats they will be asked to meet.

Posted by Luke Pollard on Friday, July 21, 2017

  • 20th July – Question on Tower Block Safety

  • 20th July – Questions to the Electoral Commission

Luke Pollard MP: Questions to Electoral Commission – 20th July…

Last week I asked the electoral commission for an update on the investigation into the election shambles in Plymouth.

Posted by Luke Pollard on Monday, July 24, 2017

  • 19th July – Westminster Hall Debate – Strategic Road Network in the South West

Luke Pollard MP: Strategic Road Network in the South West

Today I took part in a debate in Westminster Hall about the strategic road network in the South West. I took the opportunity to ask the Minister if he would support a bid for the M5 to be extended from Exeter to the Tamar Bridge?

Posted by Luke Pollard on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

  • 19th July – Westminster Hall Debate – Future of the Armed Forces – Royal Navy Frigates

Luke Pollard MP: The Future Shape of the Armed Forces 19th Jul…

In Westminster Hall this week there was a debate on the Future Shape of the Armed forces. The challenge now is how to adapt the Navy to serve the challenges that we face as a country. I fear that the 2010 and 2015 SDSRs did not do us many favours in creating the shape of the Royal Navy that we need. We have too few escort frigates. We need more, and they need to be more capable in their defensive and offensive weaponry. I am deeply concerned about the armaments on the Type 26 and Type 31, because they do not provide the full-spectrum capabilities that those frigates require in the face of the threats they will be asked to meet.

Posted by Luke Pollard on Friday, July 21, 2017

  • 12th July – Abuse in UK elections: Westminster Hall debate

  • 10th July – Question to Harriett Baldwin, Minister for Defence Procurement – Dreadnought Submarines

Luke Pollard MP: Dreadnought Submarines – 10th July 2017

Yesterday I asked the Minister for Defence Procurement about the need to deal with the legacy of current and previous submarines and if the submarine dismantling programme should be accelerated?

Posted by Luke Pollard on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

  • 6th July – Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing Bill: Second Reading- Plymouth Airport

Luke Pollard MP: Air Travel Organisers' Licensing Bill: Second…

I would have preferred the first Bill in the House of Commons to be about food banks or getting decent road and rail links to the far South West. Instead it was the Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing Bill. Plymouth needs a working airport so I used this debate to implore the Minister for Transport for help to reopen Plymouth’s airport.

Posted by Luke Pollard on Thursday, July 6, 2017

  • 6th July – Question to Rt. Hon Andrea Leadson MP, Leader of the House of Commons – Question on sale of HMS Ocean and closure of Stonehouse Barracks

Luke Pollard MP: Question on sale of HMS Ocean, Stonehouse Bar…

Last week I asked for a debate on the sale of HMS Ocean, Stonehouse Barracks, the Royal Citadel and how we retain helicopter carrier capability at Devonport? Unfortunately rather than answer my question the Leader of the House chose to play party politics. I will keep fighting for Devonport.

Posted by Luke Pollard on Monday, July 10, 2017

  • 4th July – Health and Oral Questions – Mental Health Services in Plymouth

Mental Health Services in Plymouth

Hello Plymouth. Today I asked a question in the chamber about the transition from young people’s mental health services to adult mental health services. The first thing you hear in this video is the minister’s response to my question and then my rebuttal. Improving mental health services in Plymouth is extremely important.

Posted by Luke Pollard on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

  • 26th June 2017 – Maiden Speech

Luke Pollard MP, Maiden Speech – 26th June 2017

Yesterday I made my Maiden Speech in the House. I spoke about Plymouth, our history and links to the Military and how I will fight to get a fair deal for Plymouth.

Posted by Luke Pollard on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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