Lessons from Waveney | Sonia Barker

In the below post, Sonia Barker - the Waveney Labour Parliamentary Candidate in 2017 and 2019 - sets out her thoughts on the last two general election campaigns and what's needed to win in 2024. In December 2019 a Labour voter said 'Labour will take away my Brexit if they get in!' and as the…

Developing Labour’s Rural Policy | Cllr Pam Buchan

In July the SW Co-op Party and Devon Labour Campaign Forum in Devon held their summer conference focusing on Labour’s rural policy. Speakers included Luke Pollard MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs, and local members, councillors and candidates. Opening the conference Luke Pollard MP described three crises facing Britain right…

Rebuild in Coast and Country | Rachel Reeves MP

It was a privilege to join Labour Coast and Country recently to talk about how Labour can rebuild support in towns, rural areas, and coastal communities.   Currently, the electoral map shows England as a sea of blue, with small clusters of red in and around our cities.  Our road to power must encompass towns and…

LCC’s NPF Submissions

Built on discussions, members meetings and wider engagement with Labour members from across the country, as well as a number of round tables with Labour MPs we have sent the following submissions to this year's National Policy Forum consultation: Early Years, Education and Skills Economy, Business and Trade Environment, Energy and Culture Health and Social Care…

Organise To Win with David Drew | Zoom Event

Join us for an informal Zoom discussion on Thursday (25th) at 6:45pm about the organisational tools needed by rural and coastal CLPs to win and the motions we should send to this year's virtual party conference to make that a reality. We'll be joined for the session by David Drew, the former MP for Stroud and Shadow…

The challenges of COVID-19 for rural communities | David Drew

The last few months have been particularly difficult for rural communities as they have for the rest of the country. Obviously COVID has hit rural areas particularly hard but the issue has been made worse by this Government's pursuit of a free trade deal with the US whatever the dire consequences. This has caused consternation…

Join us for a discussion with Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Cabinet Office Minister | Zoom Event

We're delighted to announce that Rachel Reeves MP, who leads the Shadow Cabinet Office team, has agreed to join us for our next Zoom session on Tuesday 23rd June at 6pm.Rachel has a broad brief which spans devolution and the constitution, Brexit, and aspects of the Coronavirus response. She's interested in speaking with members about how these…

Please don’t forget rural England! Has your CLP submitted a response to the NPF yet?

As we all know the National Policy Forum (NPF) is a key element of Labour’s policy making process and we would encourage every coastal and rural CLP to make a submission to the current consultations, deadline 30th June, even if it is simply to say: ‘Dear NPF, please don’t forget more people live in rural England than…

Coronavirus and Rural Communities: Labour’s Response | Daniel Zeichner MP, Shadow Minister for Food and Rural Affairs

The current pandemic has affected people’s lives and livelihoods in a way that, rare for a natural disaster in this country, has been felt in every part of the UK. Having experienced the horrors of Foot and Mouth Disease at the turn of the millennium, rural communities have seen something similar to the current lockdown…