"It has been a real privilege to be the Labour MP for the city where I was born and where I live. I am passionate about Plymouth and getting a Labour Government." Luke Pollard
With a General Election fast approaching, Labour members in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport are being asked whether to re-adopt Luke as their candidate for the next General Election or open nominations for other candidates.
Luke has confirmed his intention to put his name forward and is asking Labour members for their support for him to be their 2019/2020 Labour Party Candidate.
Trigger ballot rules permit Luke to send a two page document to members. Your branch secretary should have emailed you this with details of your selection meeting. A printed version should also be available at the branch meetings but a copy can be downloaded here.
“It has been a real privilege to be the Labour MP for the city where I was born and where I live. The past two and a half years as your MP has been a whirlwind. Brexit has dominated the public debate but I’ve tried to focus on representing everyone in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport raising a range of issues and campaigning for us to get our fair share of funding. I am passionate about Plymouth and getting a Labour Government. I have been fortunate to have been promoted twice by Jeremy Corbyn and now serve as a Shadow Environment Minister as well as your local MP.
We won Plymouth Sutton and Devonport at the last election for many reasons: a superb manifesto, a brilliant campaign, fantastic volunteers, a greater focus on digital campaigning, Jeremy’s appeal and because we learnt the lessons from losing in 2015.
Since being elected I have been loud and proud about how brilliant Plymouth is and clear and relentless in campaigning for improvements where we need some extra help.
As your MP I have argued for investment in our NHS, proposing a new city-centre health hub and better pay for NHS staff. I have argued against Tory school cuts and for our teachers and teaching assistants to get the pay and support they need. I’ve argued for more money for Plymouth City Council to address the pressing crisis in social care and I have led the way in making the case for proper transport investment for our city.
I’ve fought Tory cuts to Devonport dockyard and made the positive case for basing the new frigates here. I have also raised the decades old scandal of old nuclear submarines being tied up and left to rot in our dockyard. I’ve campaigned to keep child abuser Vanessa George behind bars, and I’ve argued against the loss of over 600 police officers in Devon and Cornwall.
As well as being your MP I have been promoted twice by Jeremy Corbyn. I am now a Shadow Environment Minister responsible for fisheries, water and flooding. Together with Sue Hayman MP, the Shadow Environment Secretary, we proposed that Parliament declared a climate emergency. I also speak for the party on animal welfare issues.
I want to see Labour win the next General Election with Jeremy in Downing Street. But to do that with the growing threat of populism from Boris Johnson’s Conservatives and Ann Widdecombe’s Brexit Party we need to focus all our efforts on winning votes across our communities in Plymouth. I support members being able to have a say on who their candidate is for the next election and I want us to use this selection process as a moment to come together, refocus efforts on winning and make sure we are fighting fit for the coming election.
Please vote for automatic re-selection so you and I can focus on winning the next general election”.
How to cast your vote
All Labour members with over six months of membership are entitled to vote on whether to readopt Luke as the Labour candidate. This decision will be taken at branch meetings held in October. Local Government selection meetings may also happen at the same time.
Remember to bring your Labour membership card to the meeting as only eligible members will be able to vote.
In the meeting eligible members will be able to review the two page printed material and then hold a debate for up to 60 minutes to discuss whether to re-adopt Luke as the Labour candidate or open nominations for other candidates to stand.
Get in touch
If you have a question for Luke ahead of your branch meeting please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or messaging on his Facebook page www.facebook.com/LukePollard or his instagram www.instagram.com/LukePollard