Rural voters and the price of milk

In recent years my campaigning activity has been limited, but having been made redundant from local government I was able at last to play an active role at the general election this year. I hit the streets with gusto wearing my ex-council demographer hat to find out the lie of the land. Now, being a…

A ‘beyond the urban’ viewpoint of the climate challenges we face

A contribution to the ‘Challenging Times’ edition of SERA’s New Ground – a non-urban perspective highlighting the challenges of how we do politics and are governed. Labour needs to think through – devolution and localism, particularly in England; Labour’s organisation & offer to non-urban Britain; and how to work with the green groups for the…

A fascinating map of Englishness, and Britishness in England

In June of this year I came across a BuzzFeed article 21 maps that will change how you think about Britain written by Tom Chivers.  They are all interesting, some fascinating and at least the last two of particular interest to us, as Coast & Country: No.20, GB journey to work flows, from the geographic blog of CASA at UCL (Centre for…

Engaging and supporting the new Leadership team

Just a few months before the former Labour Leader Ed Miliband’s ‘One Nation’ conference speech in 2012 I discussed with colleagues the right name for what is now Labour: Coast &Country, we even wrote down  ‘One Nation Labour’ as a part of the route to power in 2015 . . . . . Yet the…

Meeting the Knebworth Branch Labour Party

Knebworth! Scene of many historic rock gigs, and last month an excellent Labour Party branch meeting – new, old and returning members met for an evenings discussion of ‘non-urban’ issues and how Labour could approach them on the road to winning in 2020. As is often the case many of the issues here – poor…

LCC Fringe – Conference 2015

Sunday lunch-time of the first day of Conference 2015 saw over 40 members from across England and Wales gather to reflect on what next for Labour in communities of coast and country.  After moving to a larger room to accommodate everyone more comfortably, a wide ranging discussion occupied those present for almost two hours. That discussion…