Commenting on the House of Lords Select Committe report “The Future of Seaside Towns”, Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport said:
“Plymouth and the far south-west do not get their fair share of funding. That’s true from health to education and from transport to housing— each of these areas get below-average spend. Ours is one of the lowest funded regions in the UK, and that has consequences for our public services and local economy.
“Parliament recently published a report on coastal communities which said that for far too long, seaside towns have been neglected. It also said there are steps the national and local governments can take – boosting tourism and improving our connectivity, investing more in our housing and transport links. This is what I have been campaigned for ever since being elected.
“Shortly after the report was published, I urged the Housing, Communities and Local Government Minister to review its recommendations and look at how we can redistribute wealth and power from the centre and into coastal communities. People in Plymouth are not worth any less than people in other parts of the country and we deserve our fair share and equal opportunities.
“Coastal communities like Plymouth have enormous potential as centres for creative, digital and offshore industries. But we won’t get there by being neglected and starved of investment. Labour believes that coastal communities deserve an innovative, thriving and sustainable future.
“Labour will invest in the communities along our coastline and will work with them as we transform our economy to serve the interests of the many, not the few. As Shadow Minister for coastal communities this is something I will continue to fight for. As Plymouth’s MP I will always stand up for our city in Parliament and call for our fair shares of funding and investment.”