Following recent job-losses at RNB Devonport today, Monday 16th April, Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer, has launched a high-profile national campaign demanding of the UK Government all of the new Type 26 Global Combat Ships be base ported at HMNB Devonport.
The campaign will include debates in the Houses of Parliament, national media exposure, a period of intense lobbying of Ministers, and a petition hosted on the MP’s website and due to be circulated by Johnny through a number of advertised public events. The petition itself will subsequently be presented to the House of Commons.
News of the campaign comes following an impassioned plea by the MP to Prime Minister Theresa May, calling on her to consider the request and guarantee the base porting of the new frigates at HMNB Devonport.
Speaking on the news of his campaign launch, Mr Mercer said:
“I accept that recent announcements by the Government around Defence in Plymouth have not delivered on the promise I have made to re-establish our City at the heart of a growing Royal Navy.
“The basing of the Type 26 Frigates represents a huge opportunity to ensure that the Government has more than warm words for our City. I have always made clear my commitment to actually delivering on our brighter future, not just talking about it. I am determined to show those who placed their faith in me that I can secure the Military as a critical part of our City’s fabric, and I will do everything I can to make this a reality”
The Plymouth MP intends to raise awareness of the strength of feeling in Plymouth surrounding the dockyard and the naval base.
Despite the addition of a Type 23 frigate to Devonport in the latter half of 2017, many were disappointed with both Elizabeth Class carriers being based from Portsmouth. The MP’s newly launched campaign hopes to restore the balance between the two bases and remind the people of Plymouth of the strong bond between the city and the Royal Navy.
Notes to Editors:
- The campaign has been launched today, 16th April, and the petition is hosted on Johnny’s website at:
- A petition presented to the House of Commons requires 100,000 signatures to be considered for a debate on the floor of the House.