Luke Pollard MP went to Cambridgeshire this week to launch Labour’s new Rural England Policy Review. The purpose of this review is to forge a new relationship with British farming and rural communities, and to deliver on Labour’s pledge that the next manifesto will offer as much hope and opportunity to those living in rural areas as those in towns and cities.
Sir Keir Starmer has asked Luke to take the lead on this Review in his capacity as Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Alongside Shadow Agriculture Minister Daniel Zeichner MP, Luke met with NFU members on Manor Farm in Cambridgeshire on Wednesday morning to launch the project.
On his Facebook page, Luke Pollard MP wrote:
I visited Cambridgeshire earlier on to speak to local people and to launch the review. It’s always been really important to me that Labour MPs listen to a wide range of different voices – and no party can claim to represent the country, if it doesn’t represent the countryside.
This Tory government has taken voters in rural areas like these for granted. Rural poverty, isolation and crime are all on the rise. Years of austerity have weakened rural housing, jobs, public services and transport. Many communities have lost their last shop, pub or post office.
The Labour Party has invited those living in rural areas to respond to their policy questionnaire. You can click here to add your voice to this Rural England Policy Review. Luke has stressed that this Review will be wide-ranging and therefore is seeking evidence on every aspect of rural life – not just farming and agriculture.
Speaking at Manor Farm in Cambridgeshire, Luke Pollard MP said:
There’s enormous opportunity to get better policy out of this, and I want to hear from people, so if you’ve got a view about rural England, if you’ve got something you want to say to protect, promote and improve this, please visit our website and share your thoughts.
You can click below to view Luke’s video from Wednesday’s Rural Review launch in full.