"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
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 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.
“I am asking for your support to stand as the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport at the next election.
I have been proud to serve as your MP for the past four years. Working alongside members and councillors we have achieved much for our city. But a third of our children still live in poverty, hunger is on the rise and the Tories are dismantling our democracy. We need a Labour Government, and I want to lead Plymouth Labour into the next General Election and back into Government. That is the only way Plymouth can receive our fair share, putting our public services back on the right path.
For the past two years it has been a privilege to serve in the Shadow Cabinet speaking out on the climate crisis, the environment, fishing and farming. Now from the backbenches I am continuing to campaign for Plymouth to get our fair share of funding, for investment in creaking infrastructure and leaking school roofs. I’ve championed investment in our NHS, social care, mental health services, public transport and our natural world.
The past year has been a difficult one for Plymouth. It has been hard professionally and personally, and I am grateful for the support members have given me. I am working with the families of the Keyham shooting to launch a new campaign calling for tighter gun controls in the wake of the tragedy.
As one of only two Labour MPs in the far south west, I’ve worked hard to raise our city’s issues on a national stage and show that the type of rotten, toxic politics does not have to prevail. I am one of the first Labour MPs in the country to put themselves forward for reselection and I hope you will vote to reselect me so, together we can continue to put Plymouth first and make the positive case for a radical Labour Government – and an end to the corrupt, out of touch and uncaring Conservative Government.”
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 January on Zoom.
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 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 email@example.com or messaging on his Facebook page www.facebook.com/LukePollard or his instagram www.instagram.com/LukePollard