Plymouth MP secures debate on funding for Keyham in the Commons

Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, has secured a debate on Wednesday evening (22/9/21, circa 7pm) in the House of Commons on Government support for the Keyham and Ford communities in Plymouth after the mass shooting on 12 August 2021.

The debate will formally raise the request from the City of Plymouth for funding to support the immediate and long-term needs of the Keyham community.

Working cross-party Luke Pollard MP, the City Council, local councillors, the NHS, Police and the community have prepared a funding bid for Ministers to consider. The discussions with the Government at Ministerial level and with officials have been “constructive” and Luke hopes that this debate will help Ministers announce support for Keyham.

Luke said:

“A month has passed from the mass shooting in Keyham and the community is slowly coming to terms with the loss and tragedy of 12 August. Our community deserves long-term support, especially for the children to process and understand what they have experienced. The bid for funding to the Government has seen Plymouth’s civic leaders working together, just as the community has come together. I’ve been holding face to face meetings with Ministers to make the case for support for Keyham.

“The rules around guns need to change, we need better funding for mental health, and we need a clear plan to tackle the rotten underbelly of the internet. Keyham’s voice will be heard in those policy debates, but my priority as Keyham’s MP is to make sure our community gets the funding we need.

“It’s OK not to be OK and everyone will process what happened on 12 August in a different way. Help is available and as a city we will not leave anyone behind because of Keyham.”