The cost-of-living crisis in a rural community – Cllr Kate Ewert

Kate Ewert, Cornwall Councillor for the Rame Peninsula and St Germans. I am fortunate enough to represent the beautiful coastal and rural community of the Rame Peninsula and St Germans division on Cornwall Council.  We have miles of stunning coastline, rolling fields, beaches galore and an extraordinary amount of second homes and holiday lets, extortionate…

Worthing – town politics transformed – Paul Falcini

Anyone joining Coast and Country’s campaign day in Worthing on the 2nd April  has the opportunity to be a part of making history; Labour taking control of the town for the first time ever. Worthing is a tightly bounded urban borough with two parliamentary constituencies East Worthing and Shoreham and Worthing West (both formed 1997…

Laying foundations for the future: No “no-go” areas. – Claire Hazelgrove

As Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Skipton and Ripon, a seat we came third in in 1997, I was under no illusions about the very likely outcome for me and us in the 2010 election.  Selected in 2007 before the “election that never was”, I and the committed CLP team there set local objectives, relevant to…

View from Bradley Stoke – Cllr Angela Morey

It was a rainy grey Wednesday last January when scrolling through Facebook I saw a post: Vacancy for a councillor in Bradley Stoke North. Friends started ‘tagging’ me to tell me they thought I should go for it, having been very active in my community for many years. I wondered if it could be the…

The View from Southend – Cllr Ian Gilbert

Southend-on-Sea has much featured in national headlines of recent time. The murder of Sir David Amess shocked the nation, and even now it is hard to take in that such a terrible event could have happened in Southend. We now have to look forward to the bittersweet accolade of city status. Southend-on-Sea is a diverse…

Empowering coastal communities through marine citizenship – Pam Buchan

In a recent Ocean Conservation Trust and DEFRA public survey, only 19% of people have heard of and feel they have some understanding of the term marine citizenship. What is the understanding that 19% has? Probably something about reducing single use plastic to protect the ocean, beach cleaning, reducing carbon emissions generally, and making ethical…

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…