COVID-19: The Rural Dimension with Daniel Zeichner MP | Zoom Event

We're happy to support and promote the following online session with Labour's new Rural Affairs Shadow, Daniel Zeichner MP. See below for further details and to RSVP. There are plenty of news articles about people wanting to flee the cities for rural idylls yet coronavirus has not been plain sailing for people who already live…

Rethinking Labour’s approach to Defence | Dr Matthew Ford

Defence is an integral part of Britain’s economic security, as made clear by Philip Dunne’s 2018 review Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity. As the last General Election showed, defence is also an integral feature of how the British public thinks about Britain and its place in the world. The Iraq and Afghanistan…

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…