The rain was pouring in Plymouth today, but that didn’t dampen the spirits as Emily Thornberry visited Plymouth Labour HQ. Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary spoke to a packed room of Labour members before heading back out into the rain to go out and canvas in Peverell ward this afternoon.

Labour has a good manifesto if you’re interested in Defence. You can read it here.

Since being elected in 2017 Luke has campaigned hard for Devonport, our Royal Navy and Royal Marines. He has also fought for better support for veterans and for a decent pay rise for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. You can read more about Luke’s defence campaigns here.

Luke Pollard, seeking re-election as MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, said:

“I invited Emily to speak today because I wanted people in Plymouth to know how serious Labour is about supporting our armed forces. Labour supports the renewal of Trident and we are going to spend an actual 2% of GDP on defence – more than the 1.9% the Tories currently spend on defence. We are going to scrap the public sector pay gap giving our servicemen and women here in Plymouth and around the country get the pay rise they deserve – that’s a 5% pay rise for everyone who serves in our armed forces. Our defence policies are better on every point than the Tories.


I’m proud to come from a defence family. My old man served in the Royal Navy on a Devonport-based submarine. The armed forces matter to me and they matter to Plymouth. The defence of the nation is the Government’s most important responsibility. I have ben proud to speak up for Devonport over the past two years and I am asking for the opportunity to do that again after the General Election on Thursday. Vote Labour, vote Luke.”

Luke and Emily Thornberry in Peverell
Luke and Emily Thornberry in Peverell
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