Years ago, in the radio show ‘Beyond our Ken’, Dorset farmer Arthur Fallowfield answered every question, ‘Well, I think the answer lies in the soil’. Many a true word is said in jest. In tackling climate change and moving to net zero carbon, part of the answer does indeed lie in the soil.
Labour is often seen as an urban party with little to say on rural issues. So it’s good to see Luke Pollard MP, Labour Shadow Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary launching the Rural England Policy Review, a year-long listening exercise to explore what rural communities want from the Labour Party on every aspect of rural life, from farming to connectivity.
The review aims to make sure that our next manifesto provides as much hope and opportunity to rural communities as it does to those living in towns and cities.
Individual members and CLPs have been invited to respond to this first phase by Monday 28th June, the findings of which will be reported to Annual Conference 2021.
You can have your say by clicking on: Rural England Policy Review – The Labour Party. Here you’ll find a Rural Policy Questionnaire. You can choose to answer some or all of the 12 questions, including: ‘If there was one policy idea you would like to see Labour adopt to better support rural communities what would that be?’
The CLP Executive Committee also plans to make an initial submission drawing on work in hand on rural issues in our Climate Change Emergency Working Group, responses from individual members and submissions from other rural CLPs.
When it’s permissible, Luke has said he wants to visit rural constituencies and hold meetings in venues such as village halls. We will be inviting him to Westmorland & Lonsdale!
Click below to view Luke’s video of the Rural Review launch.