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…

Labour’s opportunity | Elliot Green

Labour has an opportunity. For too long failure in the coast and country has been expected, and consequently the energies of the party have ignored the potential of our non-urban areas. Covid can change this; coast and country life will be dramatically altered by the aftermath of this pandemic. Thanks to Covid home-working has now…

Regenerating our Coastal Towns | Gill Cookson

Centuries ago, when transport for goods and travellers was most conveniently done by water, people settled in coastal towns. Later, sea ports attracted major industries like ship-building and mining. Later still, seaside centres grew up in places convenient for day trips by rail from urban centres. With the passage of time, functions change. Towns have…

Winning in Rural Constituencies | Derbyshire Dales CLP

It can be hard to stay motivated as a Labour Party in a Conservative Parliamentary stronghold like Derbyshire Dales. We have and likely will always have, a Conservative MP, we lost the County Council to the Conservatives in 2015 and members come and go.   But, the pandemic has proven how important our rural areas…

Keeping Seaside Blues at Bay | Lord Bassam

The House of Lords report on ‘The Future of Seaside Towns’ published 18 months ago seems almost as relevant today as it did then. Much has happened in the intervening period. The Government announcement launching the Town Deals Fund in July 2019 with a 101 places invited to apply for up to £26m being a…

“Back British farmers,” Keir Starmer tells Boris Johnson | Elliot Chappell | LabourList

Copied below is a LabourList article by Elliot Chappell, you can view the original post on the LabourList website here. Keir Starmer has demanded that the Prime Minister “back British farmers” by supporting the Labour Party’s plans to protect the UK from lower-standard food imports after the Brexit transition phase ends. The opposition party has argued…