Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Plymouth Moor View has today issued a challenge to Mr Mercer to put Plymouth first by cancelling his book tour and spending more time in his constituency. The Tory MP is tomorrow, Saturday, due to attend his latest book promotion event in Gateshead, in the North East of England, and has been promoting the event over social media. Charlotte Holloway, Labour Candidate for Plymouth Moor View, has called on the MP to cancel his trip in light of this week’s announcements of significant job losses at Babcock.
In the early hours of Thursday morning, Mr Mercer recorded a video on social media from the United States, where he stated that “I don’t want you to think that my priorities lie anywhere else but Plymouth” and “My commitment to Plymouth only doubles when this happens”. Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Plymouth Moor View Charlotte Holloway has challenged these statements.
Charlotte Holloway said, “I think most Plymothians, like me, will be pretty shocked to learn that our Conservative MP is off touring the country when we’ve seen this week’s troubling announcements that will leave people and their families deeply worried about their financial security. One in ten jobs are in the firing line at Babcock and we need all of the city’s MP working together to mediate a very difficult situation, not gallivanting around the country.”
“Book promotion in Gateshead is about as far as you can get from Plymouth in England. When Mr Mercer says he doesn’t want us to think his priorities lie anywhere else, this shows we can’t believe a word he says. He’s saying one thing and doing another. People have a right to be angry.”
“My job as Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate is to hold our Tory MP to account. Growing up here and living here, I know just how much the Dockyard is in our DNA. That’s why I’m challenging him to do the right thing, and spend more time in Plymouth this weekend with the people who he is paid to represent.”