Luke Pollard MP Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
Luke Pollard, the MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, has offered his support to new charity, ExcludedUK.
ExcludedUK have been campaigning to make sure that those who have fallen through the cracks of the government’s Coronavirus support packages get the assistance they so desperately need. Many people who started a new job before the lockdown, started a new business or have been denied furlough have missed out on any support from the government, pushing thousands into debt and taking on toll on their mental health.
Luke has been campaigning for increasing the support given to people and businesses that have been forgotten by the Conservatives during the pandemic, like charter boat businesses in Plymouth for example.
Even though he is prevented from joining the ExcludedUK All Party Parliamentary Group due to his position in the Shadow Cabinet, he has been happy to offer his support to the group and their aims.
Luke Pollard MP said:
“Far too many people have fallen through the cracks and been forgotten by this government. I’ve been campaigning to make sure that all businesses and families in Plymouth are getting the support they need to make it through these difficult times. It is great to see ExcludedUK bringing those who have been left behind together and pushing for change.
“One person left behind during this pandemic is one too many. We need to a proper plan for to protect, create and support jobs so we can build back better after the Coronavirus pandemic.”
Labour has been working hard holding the government to account on this issue. Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband recently questioned the government on this in the House of Commons
The 3 million @ExcludedUK left out of government help represents a deep unfairness. The government must act. My question to Alok Sharma earlier pic.twitter.com/Sd3pDTdDtt
— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) July 21, 2020
While I was in Shadow Cabinet this morning a member of my team joined the new @ExcludedUK All Party Group for their call. I have been helping those excluded from Govt support since start of lockdown. Clear to me that far too many have fallen through gaps in support.
— Luke Pollard MP (@LukePollard) July 7, 2020