Home is where the heart is, isn’t it? | LCC Comment

In this fascinating piece recently posted with the Fabians, Ruth Davis explores how the green movement became estranged from the everyday lives of most people – perhaps some lessons here for Labour, especially Labour in relating to England, or those who chose to vote leave: http://www.fabians.org.uk/home-is-where-the-heart-is/

Don’t forget Labour in local democracy even in Wiltshire!

A glorious evening of dappled sunshine, a light breeze and blue skies welcomes members of Chippenham CLP to their AGM in the Church Hall of St Patrick’s Church in Corsham. Yet again another new community hall, funded by local fundraising efforts; a complement to local civic activists supporting the future of their community (and a…

The Vale – town, coast and country – seats we need to win

Constituencies like the Vale of Glamorgan are exactly the sorts of seats Labour needs to win for Westminster – a mix of town, coast and country; of retired, working and not; of high skilled manufacturing, of city commuting and of local jobs. Labour needed to engage with seats like this in 2015, while the impending boundaries…

Britain is a broad land, and Labour should organize to reflect that . . .

This weekend we met many members of Broadlands CLP in the Hellesdon Community Centre on the edge of Norwich to discuss the issues of policy and practice that Labour needs to best represent the communities of Broadlands, a constituency covering much of the Norfolk Broads, stretching from Norwich in the north west to Great Yarmouth in…

West is best . . . fighting for a Labour Welsh Assembly

One of the familiar strap-lines of the Scarlets; and an oft repeated remark of my west coast friends and family.   Last weekend saw a significant pick up in the campaigning for the Welsh Assembly elections.  We joined comrades on the Gower, in Llanelli and in Ogmore to support their respective AM West is best candidates – Rebecca Evans…

Rural voters and the price of milk

In recent years my campaigning activity has been limited, but having been made redundant from local government I was able at last to play an active role at the general election this year. I hit the streets with gusto wearing my ex-council demographer hat to find out the lie of the land. Now, being a…

Meeting the Knebworth Branch Labour Party

Knebworth! Scene of many historic rock gigs, and last month an excellent Labour Party branch meeting – new, old and returning members met for an evenings discussion of ‘non-urban’ issues and how Labour could approach them on the road to winning in 2020. As is often the case many of the issues here – poor…

LCC Fringe – Conference 2015

Sunday lunch-time of the first day of Conference 2015 saw over 40 members from across England and Wales gather to reflect on what next for Labour in communities of coast and country.  After moving to a larger room to accommodate everyone more comfortably, a wide ranging discussion occupied those present for almost two hours. That discussion…