Rebecca Smith selected as Conservative Parliamentary candidate in Plymouth


A city councillor with a wealth of experience in the public, private and charity sectors has been selected as the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport.

Rebecca Smith has been tasked with winning the seat back from Labour’s Luke Pollard.

She was chosen by members of Plymouth Sutton and Devonport Conservative Association at a selection meeting at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel this evening (Friday).

Rebecca’s priorities include championing local NHS services, strengthening families and communities, improving the road and rail network and protecting Plymouth’s unique marine environment.

She also wants to promote and secure Plymouth’s strong connection with the Armed Forces.

“I’m excited and honoured to be selected and I can’t wait to step up my work for the people of Plymouth,” said Rebecca, a city councillor for Plymstock Radford Ward.

“I want Plymouth to be ‘the’ place to live, whatever your age and stage of life, by fighting for fair school funding, adequate housing, thriving local businesses, well-paid jobs and excellent social care for the vulnerable.

“Everybody in society should have a chance to thrive, support their family, have purpose in their daily life and live in a secure and stable home.

“Plymouth Sutton and Devonport has so much potential and deserves better than what it is currently getting from the Labour MP and Labour-run council.

“Working with Johnny Mercer, Gary Streeter and the strong team of Conservatives locally, I plan to use my experience in the public, private and charity sectors to make a difference and secure a brighter future for everybody in Plymouth.”

Judy Tottey, chair of Plymouth Sutton and Devonport Conservative Association, said: “We had an excellent field of candidates to choose from and Rebecca impressed with her energy, enthusiasm and commitment.

“She has a strong background, is a passionate and hardworking campaigner and will be a great champion for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport and local residents.

“We look forward to working with Rebecca to win the Parliamentary seat from Labour and bring the council back under Conservative control.”

Rebecca grew up in the constituency, lives in the Greenbank area and works part-time for a heritage organisation.

Previously, she worked in London for 11 years, as an operations manager in the private and not-for-profit sectors and in a variety of roles in Westminster.