Plymouth is my home. It was where I was born and where I live. I come from a family with strong links to the city – my father served in the Royal Navy as a submariner based in Devonport, and my mum taught at Marjon. I’ve lived in Peverell for ten years before moving to Stoke recently. I was the first Plymouth MP to be born in the city since Michael Foot represented Devonport in 1945. That's why I was so honoured to be elected as the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport in June 2017.
I have been proud to serve as Labour's Shadow Minister for Fisheries, Water, Coastal Communities and Flooding, where I have challenged the Tories for higher environmental standards and a better deal for our fishers. I was one of the first MPs to challenge Ministers to declare a climate emergency and I’m very proud to have proposed the UK’s first ever National Marine Park that was recently declared in Plymouth Sound.
Plymouth doesn’t get its fair share of funding from this Tory Government. I have spoken over 200 times in the House of Commons in his first two years and I have run vocal campaigns demanding our fair share from transport to defence, environment to school funding, our local NHS to protecting habitats.
I’m my own man and I’m proud to be relentless in standing up for my city. I think Plymouth has been let down by people putting their party ahead of Plymouth. I have been fiercely independent in Parliament, putting Plymouth above party each and every time. Plymouth deserves a better deal, we deserve our fair share. And if re-elected, that is what I will ensure happens.
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