Luke Pollard MP Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
• Luke hosted his 10th Public Meeting on Brexit at the weekend.
• Over 200 People from all sides of the debate packed in to the Guildhall to have their voices heard.
• Among the Brexit discussion a collection was held which raised £341 for the humanitarian crisis in northern Syria.
On Saturday, Luke held his tenth open public meeting on Brexit, kicking off a critical week in Brexit negotiations. The Lower Guildhall was standing room only as over 200 people attended. An open dialogue occurred with questions from both leave and remain voters, along with those who didn’t vote in the 2016 referendum.
Brexit has entered a critical week of negotiations with the Prime Minister travelling to Brussels in a last-minute attempt to secure a deal. A deal would avert him having to request an extension of Article 50 under the legally binding Benn Act. A special sitting of Parliament will take place on Saturday 19th October, to debate and possibly vote on a deal. This will be the first time the House has sat on a Saturday for over forty years.
Luke has promised to take the views expressed on Saturday and use them in the votes that will take place in the House of Commons this week:
“I represent a constituency where 54% of voters voted to leave the EU, I want to encourage the dialogue among all sides. I have tried to do politics differently since being elected and being more open is what I’ve tried to do as your Member of Parliament. I am the only Plymouth MP to hold open public meetings on Brexit.
“With the current level of hostility encapsulating British politics, it was great to see a cordial discussion taking place on Brexit. I will be using the feedback from today’s session in the votes next week.”
Plymouth showed their solidarity with the Kurdish community, at the Brexit public meeting raising £341 for the humanitarian response. Turkey’s forces invaded parts of northern Syria last week displacing 150,00 Kurds and killing over 60 civilians, an act of aggression which has been widely condemned by the international community.