Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, Luke held monthly roundtables called ‘Pastries & Politics’ on a range of topics, including cycling, tourism, homelessness and mental health. In a bid to ensure that important topics do not get side-lined as a result of the pandemic, Luke has started holding monthly virtual roundtables – remotely bringing together interested stakeholders to discuss, debate and share ideas, as well as find out how he can help through his work in Parliament.
So far, Luke has held virtual roundtables on topics including bees and nature-led recovery and homelessness. Luke is now looking forward to his next ‘Lunch with Luke’, which will be on the subject of mental health in Plymouth.
The roundtable will be held on 22 January from 12-1pm.
Mental health is a topic that Luke has held roundtables on before, but now with the pandemic resulting in two lockdowns, confused government messaging and the employment crisis, this is becoming a bigger issue than ever. Luke wants to meet to discuss how local organisations have been handling these issues and how they plan to support people in Plymouth going forward. He is also keen to know how he might be able to help through his work in Parliament.