Labour’s Rural England Policy Review
“No party can claim to represent the country, if it doesn’t represent the countryside.” – Keir Starmer, February 2021
Labour is under new leadership, and we want a new relationship with British farming and rural communities. In the last year Labour has stood with British farming and stood up for rural communities – from fighting for high food standards to protecting family farms.
We know that we need to do more to be the party of the great British countryside once again. That’s why we’ve set up the Rural England Policy Review, a year-long listening exercise to explore what rural communities want from the Labour Party.
Launched in April 2021 and led by Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Luke Pollard MP, the Rural England Policy Review is seeking evidence on every aspect of rural life.
We know that ten years of Tory austerity has weakened the foundations of rural communities, with infrastructure crumbling and public services stretched to breaking point. Now, while the country tries to rebuild and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, many farmers face a cliff-edge due to the reckless way the Tories are approaching the withdrawal of direct payments.
Against this backdrop of Tory neglect, we want to ensure Labour’s next manifesto provides as much hope and opportunity to rural communities as it does to those living in towns and cities.
You can help us make this a reality by responding to the first phase of this review using the boxes below. We have included a number of questions to help you to frame your responses.
Please provide responses by Monday 28th June 2021. The findings of the first phase will be reported to Labour’s Annual Conference 2021 and will be followed by further consultation.