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Minister for Portsmouth is a snub for Plymouth

Labour challenges Tory MP over Minister for Portsmouth snub for Plymouth

Luke_Pollard.jpg Labour's Luke Pollard

 

Labour challenges Tory MP over Minister for Portsmouth snub for Plymouth

Commenting on the decision by Government to appoint Michael Fallon MP as 'Minister for Portsmouth' Luke Pollard, the Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport calls on Mr Colvile to seek urgent assurances the appointment will not adversely affect Plymouth.

Luke said: "When Devonport's Tory MP was standing for election he put out leaflets saying 'Plymouth is not Portsmouth'. He was right, Portsmouth now has a high-flying Minister tipped for promotion and Plymouth doesn't. We back efforts to support Portsmouth but this must not be at the Devonport's expense whether that is real or perceived. Appointing such a high profile MP for Portsmouth sends a clear message about Portsmouth and an absence of similar support for Devonport and Plymouth tells the opposite story. The dockyard and Naval Base are vital to our city, providing thousands of highly skilled jobs, and we need our MP to be vocal in putting the case for our city not standing by whilst Portsmouth gets a dedicated Minister and Plymouth does not."


“People in Plymouth will be rightly wondering what Mr Colvile has been doing to put the case for Plymouth forwards. Labour is calling on Mr Colvile to urgently seek assurances from the Prime Minister that appointing a Minister for Portsmouth does not affect future decisions affecting Devonport especially around future base-porting of ships and investment decisions. We cannot afford a PR trick from Government to affect the future of our dockyard and Naval base.'

 

Alison Seabeck MP said: “I find it astonishing that Portsmouth has been singled out in this way and have written to the Prime Minister seeking clarification of the logic behind this decision”. 

 

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