The lockdown measures are hitting young people hard and within Plymouth, Luke’s office is supporting students and young people especially hit by the restrictions. There are around 30,000 students in Plymouth and they represent a really important part of our city and our local economy. As the MP for the area where most students live, Luke is keen to support them in getting their voices heard.
On 3 February, Luke held a Zoom discussion with representatives from each of the three Plymouth universities, members of their Student Unions, and students as a whole either from Plymouth, or attending a Plymouth University. Luke was also joined by Emma Hardy MP, Shadow Minister for Further Education and Universities, who was keen to hear what students from Plymouth have to say – their concerns and their struggles.
The meeting was able to give Luke some excellent insight into the views of students in Plymouth and students from Plymouth about how the lockdown is affecting their studies, their mental health and their current and future job prospects.
As a result of the meeting, along with the huge amount of correspondence that Luke has received on the topic, Luke has now written to the Education Secretary to raise the issues that students are facing.
You can read Luke’s letter below.