Plymouth Labour
Plymouth Labour

Luke shared this message following yesterday’s Plymouth City Council election… 

“Thank you for voting Labour yesterday, Plymouth. For the very first time ever, every single ward in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport elected a Labour councillor. A clean sweep! Wow.

“Not only did Labour win close-run contests in Peverell, St Peter and the Waterfront and Stoke with good majorities – we held the ultra-marginal Drake Ward, electing Councillor Charlotte Holloway. And Labour also won Compton Ward for the very first time.

“Councillor Dylan Tippetts is not only Labour’s first-ever councillor in this ward. He is also Plymouth’s first ever trans councillor. As our city’s first ever gay MP I am so proud of him and the way he has responded to the win with focus on the people of Compton as well as hope and courage about being trans. Visibility and leadership matter. Proud of him doesn’t even come close to how I feel.

“Across our city Labour outperformed expectations. We held Ham, Honicknowle and St Budeaux – all areas we lost last year by huge margins. We narrowly lost Southway by a dozen votes.

“I took the unusual step of calling out an opponent in this election because I do not want extreme views taking root in our city. Plymouth deserves better and I am glad we are looking to the future with fresh ideas and new faces.

“The City Council remains in no overall control which means the Tories stay in power currently, but this may not last for long.

“People sent a message yesterday to Boris Johnson about the cost of living crisis, about the lies over his law-breaking, and about the state of our NHS. Locally, Labour presented a bold and hopeful manifesto and I am so proud of all the volunteers, candidates and councillors who put everything into the election. Thank you.

“Thank you to everyone who voted for Labour yesterday. I know we still have work to do to win back trust but the results show the progress we are making under Keir Starmer’s leadership. Bring on the next General Election!

“Labour is on your side, and we have the plan to deliver the security, prosperity and respect that the British people deserve locally and nationally.

“And in twelve months, we will do it all over again!”

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