Thursday 30 January 2014

Informing Labour's Rural Agenda

The splendid Jack Eddy has sent me this: 

Dear comrades!

I am proud to announce that Labour: Coast & Country, in association with Central Suffolk & North Ipswich CLP, will be holding its first major event:

"Informing Labour's Rural Agenda" at Stradbroke High School, Stradbroke, Suffolk on Saturday, 22nd Feb 2014, 10.30-3.30pm, Lunch and conference fee £10.

All places must be booked in advance. If you are interested in booking your place, please contact Garry Deeks at: 

If you can make the journey to Suffolk, then we would be most grateful if you can come and contribute to proceedings.

The Planned schedule and latest line-up is:

9:45-1030: Arrival & Reception

10:30: Welcome: Jack Eddy, Labour: Coast & Country

10:35 – 11:30: Rural Poverty – the consequences of the Cost of Living Crisis in the Countryside
Richard Howitt, MEP & Lord Jim Knight
Chair: Lara Norris

11:30 – 12:30: Break-out Sessions

Rural Youth, Education & Aspiration
James Hallwood, Young Fabians Chair
Matthew Percy, YMP for Suffolk
Chair, Jack Abbott, PPC for Central Suffolk & North Ipswich

Delivering high quality transport in rural areas
Lara Norris, PPC for Gt Yarmouth
Nigel Gibson, Aslef
Sandra Gage, Suffolk County Council
Christian Wolmar, Transport Commentator and Author
Chair, Jess Asato, PPC for Norwich North & Chair for the Fabian Society

More than just Farming and Tourism: Businesses & Employment
Bryony Rudkin, Deputy-Leader for Suffolk County Council Labour Group
Dr Wil Gibson, The Plunkett Foundation
Geoffrey Bray, The Rural Shops Alliance
David Webb, Federation of Small Businesses (Invited)
Chair: Jane Basham, PPC for South Suffolk

12:30 – 13:30: Lunch

13:30 – 14:30: Break-out Sessions

Dr Marion Ravenhill

Kate Godfrey, The Fabian Society and PPC for Stafford
Bernard Williamson, Gt Yarmouth Borough Council (Invited)
Chair: Deb Sacks, PPC for South Norfolk

Policy-making and proofing
Helen Goodman MP
Judi Billing, Association of Labour Councillors
Daniel Zeichner, PPC for Cambridge and NPF Member
Chair: Hywel Lloyd, Labour: Coast & Country

Agriculture & Food
Rebecca Smithers, The Guardian (Invited)
Sally Webber, Labour: Coast & Country
Unite RAAW National Committee Member
Chair, Garry Deeks, Central Suffolk & North Ipswich CLP

14:30 – Closing Plenary: Labour in the Countryside: Informing Labour's Rural Agenda

15:30- End
(More to follow)

I hope to see as many of you there as possible. I know that the rural Labour movement will do its utmost to make this an event of note!

Many thanks, 
Jack Eddy
Labour: Coast & Country

117 High Road
IP20 0EN


  1. Brilliant! Only wish I could be there. Will it be recorded for YouTube? Will there be a report to share with other rural CLPs?

  2. Ask Jack. I am sure that he would very open to both of those suggestions.