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…

Playback our Annual Party Conference Gathering

https://youtu.be/kks0hAop4Cg Playback our Annual Party Conference Gathering, which took place on Sunday 20th September, with: Colin Smyth MSP, Shadow Rural Economy, Transport and Connectivity Secretary; Cllr Rosa Bolger, former leader of Witney Town Council, West Oxfordshire District Councillor and member of the Co-op Party NEC; Dr Martin Edobor, Vice-Chair of the Fabian Society and former…

Key Findings of the Virtual Coast & Country Conference

As Labour once campaigned and governed because Every Child Matters, so now we must campaign to govern, because Every Job Matters. That means a focus on coast and country as much if not more than anywhere.  Recent Labour research shows the one-size-fit-all approach to furlough is putting millions of jobs at risk – with rural and…

Watch our Virtual Coast & Country Conference on YouTube

https://youtu.be/4m2BWSlupDo Check out the first (1/5) session of our Virtual Coast & Country Conference that took place on Saturday 5th September 2020 with: Cllr Pam Buchan, Plymouth City Council & Labour: COAST&COUNTRY | Cllr Pat Osborne, Blandford Forum Town Council – North Dorset | Cllr Judi Billing, Leader of the Labour Group – Hertfordshire County…

Labour:Coast&Country’s Annual Gathering @ Connected

Join us on Sunday 20th September from 1pm to 2pm on Zoom for our regular lunchtime fringe event bringing together coast and country party members and advocates. We'll continue our tradition of taking the air on the issues and solutions being seen and explored by coast and country members and CLPs, with Colin Smyth MSP,…

How Starmer’s Labour plans to prioritise rural and coastal communities | Sienna Rodgers | LabourList

Copied below is a LabourList article by Sienna Rodgers following our Virtual Coast & Country Conference on Saturday 5th September, you can view the original post on the LabourList website here. Voters in rural and coastal communities are considered a key target by Keir Starmer’s Labour ahead of the next general election – the online…

Building Back Better on the Coast and in the Country | Alex Mayer

This weekend will be the first ‘first weekend of September’ in many years when I will not be in the pretty Norfolk village of Burston. This important date in the calendar for those of us in the Labour and trade union movement in East Anglia, counters the idea that our radical past was only based…