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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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Plymouth Labour remembers Jo Cox who was tragically murdered this week. She was a tireless campaigner for our shared values, a believer in change and she died doing what all good MPs do, listening and speaking to constituents.

As a mark of respect and in memory of Jo Cox campaigning for the EU Referendum has been suspended by the Labour Party. Jo was a believer in the UK remaining part of the EU and we will be re-doubling our efforts to win the referendum on Monday, but not today.

Remembering Jo Cox

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Last night a candle lighting vigil was held at Plymouth Labour in remembrance of Jo Cox. Members and supporters shared their feelings of loss, anger and grief and a moment of silence was held on the Hoe in memory of Jo. On behalf of Plymouth Labour we are sending our solidarity and love to Jo's husband Brendan, their two children and her local Labour Party and community. 

You can read Jeremy Corbyn's statement here.

Book of Condolence

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We have opened a book of condolence for Jo Cox at our offices on Alfred Street near the Hoe. The book opened by Cllr Tudor Evans will remain open to be signed for the duration of the Referendum campaign. If you would like to sign the book please visit our offices. They're open every day until Thursday and we're based on Alfred Street just off Lockyer Street. You don't have to be a Labour member to sign the book. It is open to everyone.

The national Labour Party has a digital book of condolence which is available to sign online here.

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Cllr Tudor Evans has written to Labour Party members in Plymouth providing them with an update after the news that the Conservatives have invited UKIP to join them in a coalition to force Labour from power in Plymouth. The Conservatives won less seats than Labour in the recent elections and polled lower than Labour. Read Cllr Tudor Evan's email below:

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Dear Friend,
I have just left a meeting of the Labour Group of Councillors where we discussed what happens next after the Tory and UKIP power grab. I wanted to let you know the situation regarding the control of Plymouth City Council.
At the elections last week people in Plymouth put their faith in Labour. We won the majority of seats and polled more than the Tories. But this week I'm sorry to say that the Tories and UKIP have done a grubby backroom deal to seize power.
The Tories and UKIP together have more councillors than Labour does and so it with much regret that I must tell you that it looks like they will take control of the Council on Friday at the Council's AGM. It hurts as they will seek to undo much of the good work done by Labour since 2012 and they will vote through ideological cuts that will hurt our city.
I am incredibly proud to have led the Labour-run Plymouth City Council since 2012. We have transformed the lives of thousands in our city. We have built new homes and created new jobs. We have opened up the Council by introducing webcasting of council meetings, created Plymouth Energy Community and illuminated our city landmarks. We have addressed and resolved long-running sores on our city. We have taken action to resurface hundreds of roads and repair pavements. We have launched plans for a cruise liner terminal, a new train station at North Hill and took action to demolish the derelict Quality Inn on the Hoe. We have worked with communities across the city, repairing communities, creating jobs and apprenticeships, cutting unemployment and giving hope and a future to thousands of people in Plymouth.
I want to thank all the councillors past and present who served our city so well. I want to pay tribute to the volunteers and organisers who have done so much campaigning to deliver victory after victory. It is a small consolation that the electorate of Plymouth did not vote us out, rather we have been ousted by a grubby deal from a Tory party desperate for power and UKIP. Blukip as this coalition will be known will hurt our city and put the hard-won progress we have made together at risk.
I want to assure you that Labour is not done. We will regroup, refocus and win the city back. We have a record to be proud of and members and supporters that represent the very best of our city.
After such a shock it seems odd to be turning our attention to another election, but we must. The EU Referendum must be won and we will do our bit to deliver that victory. On Friday night the campaign launches in Plymouth with a special campaign meeting at 7pm at Plymouth Labour HQ. I know you'll fight just as hard for Britain staying in the EU as you did to win Labour councillors two weeks ago. We have a formidable team. So formidable that the Tories had to find a way other than the ballot box to force Labour from office. The deal with UKIP dooms both parties and we will spend the next two years holding them to account.
On behalf of the Labour cabinet, the Labour Group and the Labour Party in Plymouth can I thank you for your support, your effort and your dedication. Plymouth is a city on the up with Labour and we will fight each and every day to prevent the Tories and UKIP reversing the progress we have delivered.
I could not be more proud of our council and our party. The Blukip coalition did not deserve to win but we hand over a council in a better state than we were left in 2012 and for that I am enormously proud.
Thank you,
Tudor
p.s. Please put Thursday 3 May 2018 in your diary. That's the day Labour will win back Plymouth with your help. That's only 715 days away. Let's get busy, there's a lot of work to be done.

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