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As a Member of Parliament Johnny Mercer should be aware of the need for great care before publicly calling someone a liar. He referred to my comment made in response to the question put to the Prime Minister by Gary Streeter MP this week, in which Theresa May was asked if she would intervene in respect of one of the proposals “being considered by the Royal Navy – to downsize the Amphibious Fleet”.  I said that the Conservative Party in government is the cause of this drastic option being considered by the Royal Navy. But the Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor View accused me of lying for political gain in a public Tweet saying “That is not true. It is a Royal Navy proposal by [First Sea Lord]. And [Gareth] knows it. But he is trying to get elected in Plymouth, so of course he’ll lie.” Well I am not lying. I stand by what I said. Let me explain why.

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Plymouth Labour's Gareth Derrick challenges Johnny Mercer MP over allegations of lying for political gain

As a Member of Parliament Johnny Mercer should be aware of the need for great care before publicly calling someone a liar. He referred to my comment made in response... Read more »

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Today, Gareth Derrick has launched his crowdfunding appeal to finance his campaign to become the Labour MP for South East Cornwall. Read how and why you can help at the link here.

https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/2861/gareth-derrick

 

Gareth Launches Crowdfunding Bid

Today, Gareth Derrick has launched his crowdfunding appeal to finance his campaign to become the Labour MP for South East Cornwall. Read how and why you can help at the...

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Today, the labour Party launched its Manifesto for Britain. Let's not allow the Tories to "hold Britain back"

Read Labour's manifesto in full detail here.

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/southwestregion/pages/949/attachments/original/1494935799/Labour_Manifesto_2017.pdf?1494935799

 

 

 

 

Manifesto for Britain launched by the Labour Party

Today, the labour Party launched its Manifesto for Britain. Let's not allow the Tories to "hold Britain back" Read Labour's manifesto in full detail here. https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/southwestregion/pages/949/attachments/original/1494935799/Labour_Manifesto_2017.pdf?1494935799        

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Labour's Parliamentary candidate for South East Cornwall challenges former Conservative Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer in a live debate on BBC Sunday Politics South West. Watch it here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08pl44t/sunday-politics-south-west-14052017

Gareth Derrick spars with former Tory MP over fisheries, Defence and Foxhunting

Labour's Parliamentary candidate for South East Cornwall challenges former Conservative Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer in a live debate on BBC Sunday Politics South West. Watch it here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08pl44t/sunday-politics-south-west-14052017 Read more »

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In the same week that Devon and Cornwall Police’s Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer went public with threats to take legal action against local NHS bodies over their chronic shortage of beds for mental health patients, our Police Commissioner’s failure to deliver a viable updated Policing plan slips by almost unnoticed. The Chief Constable ought to know better than to get stuck into the huge political argument over NHS under-funding and their lack of resources, and he should get on doing what he does best; delivering the most effective policing he can. But raising and addressing with government and other public authorities the threats that constrain our ability to cut crime and keep our people safe is exactly what our new Police Commissioner Alison Hernandez should be focused on.

Instead at last week’s Police and Crime Panel meeting, the Chair was forced to describe Ms Hernandez’s submission on her updated Policing Plan as a damp squib, and about “as much use as David Cameron’s re-negotiated UK relationship with the EU”. She presented 48 pages of waffle which much disappointed the assembled Councillors. With barely a mention any findings of the critically important Peninsula Strategic Assessment and other Community Safety Partnership work, Ms Hernandez appeared to expect the event to be more “rubber-stamping” than scrutiny.

By any standards, the “formal consultation process” at the heart of her proposals was dismal. An on-line survey was made available on the PCC website and promoted by Facebook advertising that generated only 1360 responses. There were focus groups too; seven meetings attended by around 10 people, and 18 written submissions. Touching less than 0.1% of our population, this is hardly the way to demonstrate that this Police Commissioner can keep people safe by “Better Connecting Communities and Policing” which is now Ms Hernandez’s mantra. Spending over £31,000 on her PCC election expenses one could be forgiven for feeling that her allocation of only £4800 to this consultation is paltry in the extreme. Let’s not forget that we have elected Ms Hernandez to guide the expenditure of over £900m on policing over her 4 year tenure.   

As the Labour candidate in last May’s election for a new Police Commissioner, I am well aware of the complexity of this role and that the nature of policing is changing. That’s why I was able to publish a proper manifesto setting out Labour’s approach to this vital role, not just a few vague pledges. Our PCC needs to be prepared to take brave decisions about the future of policing in Devon and Cornwall, because of the huge cuts to funding that the Tory government has imposed. Ms Hernandez, elected to serve the people of Devon and Cornwall, must now set out clearly what services she will prioritise and how she will hold the Chief Constable to account for his part of the bargain.

 

 

Tory PCC struggles to present new Policing Plan for Devon and Cornwall

    In the same week that Devon and Cornwall Police’s Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer went public with threats to take legal action against local NHS bodies over their chronic...

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Last year in September, I set out my belief in the Plymouth Herald that Jeremy Corbyn, far from being a threat to UK politics may in fact be its saviour. Having attended his speech at the Guildhall I recognised his passion, his clarity of message and his appeal, particularly to young voters. I remain convinced that he has given a voice to many in the Labour fraternity disenchanted by our uninspiring shift to the centre ground and by politics more broadly, and has triggered the rise of Labour back to the mass movement of its roots.

But, one year on and his opportunity to rise to the challenge of leadership has been squandered and with it has Labour’s ability to maintain its effective opposition to this terribly damaging Tory government. Much has already been said of this, so I will not look back with regret but focus on what is right for the Labour Party and for Britain. We see ever-increasing security risks across the globe and on our shores. We see the rise of extremism everywhere from the US, to Russia and China, on the borders of Europe and inside the fractured EU. But most clearly, we see an unfettered Tory government with its deceitful austerity policy supporting those that have wealth and power, driving up inequality to a post-war high. The life chances of our hard-working families and young people are being systematically reduced through the predominance of minimum wage employment, zero hours contracts, and unaffordable housing. Added to this it is becoming clear just how much we were lied to during the referendum as we face huge compromises in the post-EU options for economic prosperity.

This is the moment that Labour must truly rise from last year’s election defeat, exploiting new found energy in its now vast membership, and yes, we must build on the “momentum” of the past year, adopting the radical socialist policies that we know will make our communities better for all. But our agenda will fail without unity in our ranks, and leadership that can inspire so many more in the disadvantaged communities across our country. It has to be clear that we have a progressive forward looking and powerful opposition, credible as a government in waiting. We simply cannot ignore the views of our elected MPs, all loyal to Labour’s purpose, the majority of whom see clearly how we severely risk failing in our duty to the British people on our current track. Let us not forget that these MPs have succeeded in securing the popular appeal of Labour policies, none more so than Ben Bradshaw in Exeter.               

Last year I spelt out how potentially game-changing was Jeremy Corbyn’s election as party leader. He has startled UK politics, taking Labour unswervingly onto a new course causing many to stand up and take notice. This immensely valuable step was but the start of the journey. The Labour Party need must now seize today’s opportunity to connect much more strongly with communities across our country and bring about the change that Britain so badly needs. That’s why I will be voting for Owen Smith in the Labour leadership election and I urge other members to think very seriously the about our purpose. Jeremy Corbyn has changed British politics – now let’s get serious about changing Britain!

Corbyn has changed the game - now let's change Britain

Last year in September, I set out my belief in the Plymouth Herald that Jeremy Corbyn, far from being a threat to UK politics may in fact be its saviour. Having...

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Vote for Gareth Derrick - your Labour PCC candidate

Send a Message to the Tory government on May 5th

Vote for Gareth Derrick - your Labour PCC candidate

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My full manifesto is now available on this website.  Go to the home page and click on the manifesto tab.  Read mine first, then ask the other candidates for theirs!

Labour PCC launches full manifesto

My full manifesto is now available on this website.  Go to the home page and click on the manifesto tab.  Read mine first, then ask the other candidates for theirs!...

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Tony Hogg has my admiration for his honesty yesterday in resigning from the Conservative Party "in disgust" at the way the government has failed to even adequately promote the upcoming PCC election, and after his evident distaste at Theresa May's comments that only a Tory PCC can keep us safe.

Tory's first Police Commissioner resigns from Party in disgust

Tony Hogg has my admiration for his honesty yesterday in resigning from the Conservative Party "in disgust" at the way the government has failed to even adequately promote the upcoming... Read more »

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  1. My one-minute manifesto as your Labour PCC candidate.

One-minute Manifesto

My one-minute manifesto as your Labour PCC candidate. Read more »

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