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The Boundary Commission has announced its proposals for the Plymouth Constituency Boundaries to take effect in 2018.

Peverell ward is proposed to move into Plymouth Moor View, and the Plymstock wards into Plymouth Sutton & Devonport. These seats will be renamed Plymouth North and Plymouth South. The Plympton wards will move into a new seat called Tavistock and Ivybridge that will cover the whole of Western Dartmoor as well.

In effect this increases the Tory vote in Plymouth North by 1,000 and Plymouth South by 3,000. 

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How the new constituencies could look with Plymouth North and Plymouth South (above) - constituencies in red, wards in black

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The two new constituencies in red.

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Plympton is to be moved into a new Tavistock and Ivybridge seat.

What happens next?

A first, 12 week, consultation is now taking place, and you can see the full details, and how to respond to the consultation, here:https://www.bce2018.org.uk/node/6489?postcode=PL12RP - INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION RESPONSES ARE GREATLY ENCOURAGED.

The regional Labour Party will be making an official Labour South West response, and we will make sure that this is sent to all members.

Plymouth Labour responds

Luke Pollard, who stood in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport at the last election, said:

The new boundaries for Plymouth hugely help the Tories. Gerrymandering boundaries to slant elections in the blue team's favour isn't good. There are two million fewer voters on the electoral register now thanks to Tory changes to how people register to vote. That means thousands of people have lost their vote in Plymouth. Losing the historic names of Sutton and Devonport further underlines how dismissive of local priorities this boundary review has been. 

Cllr Jonny Morris, Southway Labour Councillor and Chair of Plymouth Moor View CLP said:

"Since December 2015 something like 2.5million people have been added to the electoral register across the UK. That was partly because of the EU referendum. So the figures are just completely out date compared to the actual numbers of eligible voters."

Read more of Jonny's comments in the Herald here.

Boundary Changes - What they mean for Plymouth

The Boundary Commission has announced its proposals for the Plymouth Constituency Boundaries to take effect in 2018.

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The Tories plan to sell Stonehouse Barracks in a u-turn of their pre-election promise that assured voters in Plymouth that the party had "no plans" to sell the Royal Marines base.

STONEHOUSE BARRACKS SALE "A BETRAYAL OF PLYMOUTH"

Luke Pollard, Labour's candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport in the last general election said: 

"The Tory plans to sell Stonehouse Barracks is nothing short of a betrayal of Plymouth. During the election the Tories wooed voters with the promise that they had "no plans" to sell Stonehouse Barracks. That promise now turns out to be a barefaced lie. 

"Stonehouse Barracks is the spiritual home of the Royal Marines and is a vital part of Plymouth's history and economy. It seems the Tories will sell anything, cut any budget and betray any community. 

"Our local Tory MP, Oliver Colvile, has been in the MoD for the past year and he has failed to defend Plymouth from Tory cuts. Mr Colvile's failure to stand up for Plymouth and our jobs is writ large over this plan to flog off Stonehouse Barracks. People in Plymouth will not stand for this fire sale and we will oppose it strongly."

Read what Tory MP Oliver Colvile said before the General Election:

I have spoken to Mark Francois [Defence Minister] and he has assured me that there are no plans to sell off Stonehouse Barracks.”

“There is an assurance from the Government that there is no proposal to sell it off.

“Stonehouse Barracks is the heart and soul of the Royal Marines. There is no threat to Stonehouse Barracks.” - Oliver Colvile MP

 

Read more at http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/plymouth-mp-says-plans-sell-stonehouse-barracks/story-25853357-detail/story.html#Vdl1GmR5YqAo5B60.99 

 

Labour's local councillors for St Peter and the Waterfront have been speaking to residents about Stonehouse Barracks. Cllr Chris Penberthy, Labour and Co-op councillor for the ward that includes Stonehouse Barracks, said:

 

The Royal Marines have been an integral part of the Stonehouse community for 350 years. it is disturbing that, despite promises from our Tory MP his government is choosing to rip them away from their spiritual home and sell the land they have occupied for centuries.
Stonehouse barracks covers almost a third of the land on the peninsula including the majority of the green space at Eastern King. For the government to announce that it is to be sold and redeveloped as housing before the end of the decade without any consultation with local people or consideration for the local environment shows how disconnected they are from public opinion and how little they care for the residents of this heavily populated peninsula.

 

 

Labour figures respond to Tory plans to sell Stonehouse Barracks

The Tories plan to sell Stonehouse Barracks in a u-turn of their pre-election promise that assured voters in Plymouth that the party had "no plans" to sell the Royal Marines...

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Labour calls for delayed airport study to be published. The long-awaited report into re-opening Plymouth Airport by the Department for Transport should be published without further delay says two of Plymouth Labour's leading campaigners. 

Cllr Tudor Evans, Leader of the Opposition on Plymouth City Council, and Luke Pollard who stood to be the MP in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport at the last general election have written to the Secretary of State for Transport demanding the report is published.

The report was originally committed to before of the General Election in May 2015 and it is now over a year since the election and still the report has not been published.

Councillor Tudor Evans OBE said:

"Labour's manifesto from the May election committed us to campaigning to re-open the airport. I suspect that the reason the Department for Transport hasn't published their report into Plymouth Airport is because is recommends keeping it closed. If this is true, this would be a betrayal of Plymouth and yet more evidence that when it comes to transport investment the south west is simply not a priority for the Conservatives."

Luke Pollard said:

"My very real fear is that the Government is intentionally long-grassing the report into re-opening the airport until it goes past a point of no return. In the meantime, Plymouth's Tory MPs remain silent on the airport. We need our local MPs to be demanding the investment in Plymouth's transport infrastructure that other regions receive. Plymouth deserves better transport links than we have and that is a reason why the Government's report into Plymouth Airport needs to be published in full without delay."

 

Read the letter to the Department for Transport

 

Dear Secretary of State,

We are writing to you to call for your Department's report into Plymouth Airport to be published without delay.

The Conservatives made re-opening Plymouth Airport a key plank of your 2015 campaign in Plymouth. The much-hyped report into re-opening the airport was promised over a year and a half ago but nothing has been published by your department. The airport closed in 2010 at the beginning of the Coalition Government and re-opening it has become a key policy priority for Plymouth.

In the meantime, Plymouth continues to have no airport and our train line remains vulnerable and desperately in need of upgrading.

Plymouth is the 14th biggest city in the UK and the largest on the south coast. In 2013, the storms cut the region off from the rest of the country closing our road link and our rail link.

It is vital that the Government backs investment in our transport infrastructure. This means committing to funding a new train line and publishing the report into re-opening of Plymouth Airport. Your predecessor as Secretary of State for Transport refused to meet Plymouth City Council to discuss the re-opening of Plymouth Airport. We call on you to publish the report into re-opening the airport and commit to meet a cross-party delegation from Plymouth and the wider south west to bring forward plans for broad and considerable investment in the south west's transport infrastructure.

Plymouth deserves better than the poor transport links we have.

We look forward to reading the report into how the Government will back Plymouth's economy by assisting in the re-opening of the airport.

Yours sincerely,

Councillor Tudor Evans OBE Leader of the Plymouth Labour Group

Luke Pollard Labour and Co-operative Parliamentary Candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport in the 2015 General Election

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