Johnny’s latest press coverage

Parents should never be forced into an impossible situation where they are asked to weigh the financial burden of childcare against their salary, MP Johnny Mercer writes.   We must support parents who are returning to work, not punish them. As your MP, I will always stand up for working families in Plymouth. They are the...

Like many football fans across the country, I welcome the Government’s announcement that a new football regulator will be installed to protect one of our nation’s most cherished community assets, football clubs, MP Johnny Mercer writes.   Trips to Home Park are always a highlight of my family’s week and, as a season ticket holder, I...

An Ofsted report in December 2022 rated Plymouth City Council’s provision as “requires improvement”. I was greatly alarmed by the review which found “serious and widespread failings” which were “leaving children at significant risk of harm”. Five months later in May 2023 the Department for Education issued the council with an improvement notice, MP Johnny Mercer...

It is a well-known fact that Plymouth has been held back for decades by suboptimal rail links, MP Johnny Mercer writes. The South West was cut adrift by the Beeching cuts of 1963, a poorly delivered set of reforms which is only now beginning to be corrected. It is a reality which I experience travelling...

In my first regular column piece for the Herald, I promised to fight ‘tooth and nail’ for Tamar Bridge commuters, MP Johnny Mercer writes. That fight is ongoing, and this month Sheryll and I have launched a petition to stop the toll hike.   In 2019 cash tolls were increased from £1.50 to £2, last year to £2.60,...

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Johnny Mercer, MP for Plymouth Moor View, stated: “I have been clear that Plymouth’s dental provision is in an unacceptable state. Last November, I facilitated free dental appointments for schoolkids at Peninsula Dental School. Progress until now has been frustratingly slow. However, with national and local dental plans launched in the past week, we have...

Youth groups are busy at work in the heart of communities across Plymouth. They break down barriers and unlock opportunities for young people across our city, MP Johnny Mercer writes.   I am thrilled that several groups in Plymouth Moor View have been supported by the third tranche of the Government’s Youth Investment Fund.  ...

There has been a lot of noise lately about Derriford Hospital, MP Johnny Mercer writes. Everyone knows that our hospital has been stretched to its limit in what is a difficult time of year for the NHS. Like many, I was deeply concerned by news that the Emergency Department was in a critical state until Tuesday, 30...

Trevi are an inspiring Plymouth-based charity which help keep mothers and their children together through rehab. Hannah and the team have an incredible success rate, MP Johnny Mercer writes.   84 percent of women successfully detox and 8 in 10 children get to stay with their mothers. They are absolute heroes and a beacon of hope...

Johnny Mercer MP pictured during the visit. The Rt Hon Johnny Mercer MP visited year five pupils at Whitleigh Community Primary School to discuss their concerns around children being able to access a dentist. February 10, 2023. Picture: Matt Gilley/PlymouthLive.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Office of Johnny Mercer MP  Phone: +44 1752 876979  Email: johnny@johnnyforplymouth.co.uk    UK Government Award Plymouth City Council Short Breaks Innovation Funding    The Department for Education has awarded Plymouth City Council Year 3 funding for the Short Breaks Innovation Fund. According to the GOV.UK website, the £30m fund “gives disabled...

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