I can remember a time when the Liberals were the party representing the progressive voice of Rural Britain. Our voting base was here and Liberal MPs seemed to spend most of their time in the wild places of our islands.
As the Liberal Democrat’s we’ve widened our appeal, but in doing this we seem to have lost our rural voice to some extent.
There’s now a huge opportunity developing as this Tory government loses credibility on issues such as rural housing, broadband and transport.
The Rural Services Network organises the Rural Conference which this year is in Cheltenham 6/7th September.
If you’re a Councillor, please ask your council if you can attend – here’s the link.
It would be great to have a good representation from Lib Dems!
* Cllr Peter Thornton is the Finance Portfolio Holder and Councillor for Whinfell Ward on South Lakeland Council