Plymouth Labour announces General Election candidates

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Sue Dann - Plymouth Moor View and Luke Pollard - Plymouth Sutton & Devonport

Plymouth Labour are delighted to announce our Parliamentary candidates to fight the two Plymouth seats in the snap general election called for June 8th.

Plymouth City Councillor Sue Dann has been selected to fight Plymouth Moor View. The seat was won by the Conservatives in 2015 by 1,000 votes, having returned a Labour MP since the 1980s.

Luke Pollard has been re-selected to stand in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport having lost by just 523 votes at the last General Election in 2015.

Sue Dann is a long-standing Plymouth City Councillor, and represented Moor View ward on Plymouth City Council for eight years. She was a former lecturer at South Devon College and held a national role with Working Links helping people get back to work. She is a current board member of Plymouth Community Homes.  She is married and she and her husband have four children and two grandchildren.

Cllr Sue Dann said:

“I’m delighted to be standing to be the Labour MP for Plymouth Moor View. Plymouth has suffered badly under the Tories. Derriford Hospital is starved of resources, social care is at breaking point, and we are gripped by an affordable housing crisis. 

Our current Tory MP Johnny Mercer has done nothing other than self-promotion - he has just been Westminster’s man in Plymouth. In my work with unemployed people and my involvement in housing, I have always, and will, put Plymouth first. When I say I will fight in Plymouth Moor View for the many not the few, it is not just a slogan, it’s a promise.”

Luke Pollard is a well-known local campaigner having run campaigns to light up Plymouth’s landmarks and stop the Eye Infirmary being turned into student accommodation. Luke is a local man, born in Plymouth and living in Peverell. He has previously worked in tourism for ABTA, the holiday trade body and now works for a national company advising on major building projects.

Luke Pollard said:

“In Sutton and Devonport this election is a choice between me and a weak Tory MP who has sat on his hands while the NHS is cut and Plymouth schools lose funding. Only Labour can beat the Tories here. Oliver Colvile has learnt nothing from only just scraping a victory in 2015. He has the wrong priorities for Plymouth. It is time we had an MP who put Plymouth first and not one who puts his own career and the interests of the Conservative Party ahead of his constituents. 

Losing in 2015 by only 523 votes has made me stronger, more determined to stand up for Plymouth. Over the coming month I will be asking every voter to put their faith in me to stand up for them. It is clear Oliver Colvile is incapable or unable to do that and that is why I will be fighting hard to win. It’s time Plymouth had an MP that puts Plymouth first.”

Labour’s candidates will be revealing their campaign pledges next week. Both candidates require formal adoption by Labour’s National Executive Committee which is expected on Wednesday this week.

To help Luke and Sue win in Plymouth you can:

  • DONATE :  We need to raise £20,000 to fund the campaign. You can find details on how to donate here
  • BOOK ELECTION DAY JUNE 8TH OFF :  We will need all hands on deck on polling day to Get Out the Vote. Book your holiday time now! 
  • REGISTER TO VOTE : Make sure you, your family and friends are Registered to Vote. Do it online here
  • GET A POSTAL VOTE : As well as making it easier to vote you'll be free to help out on Polling Day! Register here.
  • BRING US A TORY LEAFLET : Don't just bin this rubbish, bring us a copy. We need to be able to counter their lies!
  • SHARE AND RETWEET : Please share and retweet campaign information, news and pictures to your friends and followers!

 

 

Labour’s candidates will be revealing their campaign pledges next week. Both candidates require formal adoption by Labour’s National Executive Committee which is expected on Wednesday this week.

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