- Luke Pollard MP says Government must be quicker about relocating jobs out of London
- There’s appetite for investment and a skilled workforce in Plymouth, says MP
- Plymouth is perfect location for public sector jobs to be relocated to
Today in Parliament, Luke Pollard MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport urged Ministers to move Government jobs from Central London to create a new Government Hub in Plymouth. MPs were debating the Government’s One Estate Strategy that seeks to sell public land to create jobs and build housing.
In the debate Luke called for Ministers to speed up decision making that would relocate jobs to the far south west. He said that Brexit is delaying some of these decisions and encouraged Kevin Foster, the Torbay MP and new Cabinet Office Minister, to accelerate decisions of jobs.
Luke said the relocation of public sector jobs from London to Plymouth would have a profound effect on the south west creating new jobs and reducing costs for the taxpayer. The Labour MP has been consistently calling on Ministers to create a new Government Hub in Plymouth for the past year.
Luke Pollard said:
“In Plymouth, there’s a huge opportunity to create a new Government hub for civil service and public service jobs. There’s an appetite for investment and a willing and skilled workforce ready to serve. We’re world leaders in marine science and pioneering new health and social care hubs. Not only that but business premises are a third cheaper in Plymouth than the south east. What is the Government waiting for? Plymouth is the perfect place for new public sector jobs. I am going to continue to push, alongside the City Council, for Government jobs to be relocated to our city.”