Luke Pollard MP Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
The Government has published new guidance on how political parties can safely restart campaigning ahead of the local elections in May.
Plymouth Labour has taken time to ensure that how we campaign is safe for everyone involved.
Over the next few weeks, you may see our volunteers start to canvass and leaflet following the new COVID guidance. We are following government guidance to keep you and our volunteers safe.
Elections matter and you having your say matters. We saw the US Presidential elections happen during the pandemic and we will see the local elections happen on 6 May this year too.
In Plymouth you will have TWO votes. One to decide who you want as your local councillor and one to decide who you want to be Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner. Please use both votes for Labour.
Councillor Tudor Evans OBE, Leader of Plymouth City Council said:
“Local Government has been at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic. Plymouth City Council has helped provide PPE when the Government failed. We have supported local businesses with over £60m in grants and we have launched our Resurgam recovery programme with local employers to help people back into work. Your Labour council really is leading efforts to build back better.
“As Plymouth unlocks the local Labour Party will be restarting our year-round work speaking to voters. Unlike other parties we don’t just do this at election time but it is really important we do so safely and that is our priority. So do please have a conversation with your local councillors and candidates and don’t forget to vote in May.”
Luke Pollard, Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport added:
“Deciding who runs the City Council is important and the elections in May really matter. Government COVID guidance allows campaigning to resume from today – Monday 8 March. Plymouth Labour has taken time to ensure our leafletting and canvassing is safe for the volunteers and the public. You may see volunteers knocking on doors in the coming weeks ahead of the local elections. Canvassing is permitted within the rules and they’re taking every step they can to be safe and to keep you safe too. Please do have a chat – at a safe distance – with them.”
To make voting safe I am encouraging people to sign up for an early vote with a postal vote. It is quick, simple and free to apply for a postal vote. Simply google postal vote to apply for one.”
You can read the Government’s guidance on campaigning here. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-secure-election-campaigning-will-go-ahead