The first issue of the Plymouth White Papers - titled "Ambition"
The first issue of the Plymouth White Papers - titled "Ambition"

What are the Plymouth White Papers?

The Plymouth White Papers are collection of essays written by people from Plymouth’s business, science, politics, education and culture sectors on issues ranging from youth politics, the environment, urban regeneration, connectivity and women in politics. They’re short essays designed to challenge thinking.

The first set of essays was published in 2018 and was about “Ambition” for Plymouth. It relates to how we can address the poor deal we get as a city and as a region, be bolder about our future and clearer about the areas where we need to improve.

The second set of essays was published in 2019 and was about “Marine,” featuring essays from across Plymouth’s marine sectors in support of our campaign to designate Plymouth as the UK’s first National Marine Park. It seeks to outline why Plymouth’s marine heritage matters, and how we can protect, preserve and develop our marine environment in the future.

The third set of essays focused on “Recovery” and was published in April 2021. It covers how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our city, and what we can do to recover from this stronger than before.

Now, the fourth and latest edition focuses on ‘Community’ in Plymouth. It is a tribute to the incredible strength and resilience of Plymouth’s communities, who have been forced to confront tragedy too many times in recent years. It also explores how people are coming together to make Plymouth happier, healthier and safer.

Where can I find the Plymouth White Papers?

Additionally, a longer version of Colonel Ian Moore’s essay on the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict, written for the Community edition in 2022, is available to read here: 

Luke Pollard – MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport:

“It is a huge honour to showcase Plymouth through the White Papers each year, as well as give a platform to so many amazing men and women who contribute. I can’t wait to share the fourth edition with you.”

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