Why I Guest Edited a ‘Rural’ Edition of Renewal Journal

I grew up in a village on the northern outskirts of Greater Manchester. The Guardian once, to my horror, called it a ‘villagey suburb’ but as a teenager it felt pretty rural to me – whether I was escaping into the beautiful nearby countryside to think my various Gloomy Teenage Thoughts or waiting in the…

LCC at Party Conference – Sun Sept 26th  /Mon Sept 27th both 1pm – 2pm Friends’ House

We look forward to seeing many of you at conference, not least at one or other of the LCC fringes – both at Room Three, Friends' Meeting House, Ship Street BN1 1AF - Teas and coffee will be available Sunday 26th September, 13:00 - 14:00 Winning in Worthing and all points South Our annual gathering of coast & country…

Why I’m speaking to Labour Coast & Country Conference | Dan Norris

My passion is bringing people and communities together. Since being elected as Metro Mayor in May I have represented a varied area from the world-famous urban centres of Bristol and Bath to vibrant market towns like Midsomer Norton and Chipping Sodbury alongside the most rural areas covering scores of tiny villages and hamlets with some…

Why be a parish councillor? | Jonathan Wallcroft

North East Somerset Constituency is, largely, famous for our MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. The combination of the name of the constituency and our representative belies the fact that this is a seat that for 10/21 years of this century has been represented by a Labour MP. There are also many Labour Party representatives throughout the constituency.…

How we won the West of England | Jonathan Wallcroft

One of the bright spots of a dismal night for Labour in 2021 was Dan Norris’ crushing triumph in the West of England metro-mayoral election, by a 59-41 margin. This victory was predicated on a huge swing in the Bath and North East Somerset Council area, half of which Dan previously represented as an MP.…

Let’s make the beach safe for all | Paul Richards

Coastal towns are looking forward to the summer with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation. On one hand, after a terrible year, the hoteliers, B&B owners, campsites, bars, restaurants, and tourist attractions are hoping to recoup some of their losses and revive their businesses. On the other, there is a concern that a huge influx…

Social care for coast and country | Mary Wimbury

In our second manifesto response, Mary Wimbury explores how to set minimum standards of access for all public services and essential utilities through the lens of her work and experience of social care. Getting the right care and support in coast and country areas can be challenging. These are people-focussed services, and the low population density and…

Cambridge on the Coast? | Andy Westwood

A former colleague recently tweeted that "what UK really needs is Cambridge on the Coast; a new University for the Coast..." Certainly, we need something. England’s coast is largely poorer than the rest of England and the UK. Skills levels and wages/productivity are typically lower than the English and UK average, as are progression rates…

Our manifesto for the May 2021 elections

The elections taking place across Great Britain on 6 May will be decisive for the country, and for Labour. Ahead of the vote, Labour:COAST&COUNTRY has prepared a manifesto for our town, village and coastal communities. We are encouraging Labour candidates standing for local, regional and national office to sign up to these principles as a…

Starmer re-commits Labour to the countryside | David Drew

Ian Cawsey - MP for Brigg and Goole when New Labour was in power - once told me of a story regaled to him by an old farmer in his constituency. "You’ve got to remember, boy, that when farmers go to vote, to a man they vote Tory. But as they come out of that…