Labour for Communities on the Coast and of the Countryside

While it's clear that the Tories have a deliberately 'lite' manifesto, Labour have produced one that really does get into the detail of how a Labour government would go about improving the lives and opportunities of the many - we have pulled out here all the policies we think would have a positive effect for…

Building National Resilience to the Climate Crisis | Hugh Ellis and Hywel Lloyd

As Yorkshire suffers, again, we are reminded that as a nation we are critically unprepared for the impacts of climate change. This failure is largely about political leadership yet it is expressed in practical terms by a failure to organise ourselves to meet the scale of the challenge. The result is that as the climate…

Labour’s Offer to Communities of the Coast and the Country | Hywel Lloyd

After almost a decade of Tory led governments vast swathes of countryside communities have been let down if not closed down.  There are still too many not-spots for mobile reception, too many places without decent broadband, places where you can’t get to stay and live locally in a home to own or rent; while the…

The Case for a Rural Strategy | Graham Biggs, Rural Services Network

I have spent decades arguing the case for better investment by the government into our rural areas. Here are my thoughts on this subject in the current climate. I readily accept that there is significant inter-dependence between urban and rural areas and that the City of London, and Northern Powerhouse are obviously major contributors to…

LCC @ Labour Party Conference 2019

‘Winning England’ drinks, in partnership the English Labour Network | Sunday 22 September, 12:00 - 12:30 Ahead of our annual gathering at 12:45, start conference in style by joining us for a drink at the seaside Tempest Inn to meet other like-minded Labour members who recognise that our party must win outside of the major cities to form…

A Rural Strategy for England | Hywel Lloyd

The recent publication of the Lords Inquiry into the rural economy (explored here by Baroness Young) reinforces the need for a Rural Strategy as proposed by the Rural Services Network, its partner organisations and many others, including LCC. As we often find many MPs and political leaders are surprised to find that more people live in rural England than live in Greater London…

Time for a Strategy for the Rural Economy | Baroness Young

Rural economies are not just like urban ones but with less people and more cows, they are distinctive, providing not just livelihoods for rural dwellers but increasingly locations for business start-ups, often digitally enabled.  The countryside and its landscapes and wildlife is one of England’s greatest assets and many people choose to live in rural…