Some thoughts on being a parish councillor – John Barnes

In May, I was elected onto my local parish council in Wiltshire. Rather unusually for a parish council in this area, this was through a contested election; parish councillors are often elected unopposed. I came onto the council with it facing significant challenges – it was at less than half strength, and our Parish Clerk…

Coastal Housing Emergency – Jayne Kirkham

A number of councils in Cornwall, including mine in Falmouth, have declared Housing Emergencies. There is a massive problem here. It was recently reported that there were 69 properties to let compared with 10,000 AirBnbs in Cornwall. It’s been caused by a perfect storm of second home ownership fuelled by the Covid stamp duty cut,…

Labour’s North Shropshire Campaign – Fighting to represent a rural community

A guest post from the North Shropshire Campaign Team Labour’s Ben Wood, born, educated and living locally, is fighting a vigorous campaign, frequently visiting the many market towns and villages in the third largest seat in England, supported by many front bench MPs and teams of volunteer workers from neighbouring CLPs as well as our…

A view from the Coast and from the Country in 2021 – Pam Buchan

As is becoming traditional at the Labour: Coast & Country virtual conference, the 2021 conference opened with a view from the coast and from the country. This year the views came from myself – Cllr Dr Pam Buchan, Plymouth City Councillor, marine social scientist and LCC Director; Cllr Tina Bhartwas, Hertfordshire County Council; and Cllr…

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…