Labour leader Keir Starmer visited Plymouth today, to visit Princess yachts and push Labour’s message of a jobs-led recovery from Coronavirus.
Luke Pollard MP said:
“It was great to welcome Keir back to Plymouth again. I’m really pleased Keir chose the far south west for his first proper regional tour since lockdown restrictions ended. Labour needs to win across the south west if Keir is to become the next Labour Prime Minister and it was good to see him in Falmouth talking to tourism businesses and in Plymouth today talking to manufacturers and unions about our focus on jobs.
Princess Yachts is one of the jewels in our economic crown as a city. They employ 3,000 people in good, well-paid unionised jobs and export 95% of their production. Keir heard, first hand, from staff, management and union reps about how the company has adapted to cope with COVID-19 and what new measures are needed from Government to help companies like Princess support jobs.
With more people losing their jobs in our city every day and more concern about coming job losses with the end of the furlough scheme, Keir’s message that we need more flexible and tailored support for those sectors who cannot fully re-open or have been hit hard by COVID-19 was the right one today. You should expect to hear more from Keir in the coming weeks about Labour’s focus on jobs, jobs, jobs. I hope Ministers listen and flex their support to help save jobs. That will help in Plymouth, across the far south west and across the country if they do.”