I’ve just returned from the Rural Conference, organised by the Rural Services Network.
It was good couple of days, talking about broadband, housing, council funding and elderly care. Our subjects in other words, and not areas where this Tory government is showing much competence. Here’s the programme.
There were three Lib Dem delegates at the conference.
That’s right, only three of us among a sea of Tories.
The day after the conference I spent time with Tim Farron, our MP, at our local agricultural show. It was a very busy day with questions, opinions and encouragement coming thick and fast. Our petition supporting local dairy farmers, printed on a cow shaped piece of card, was especially welcomed.
We used to be the party that stood up for rural issues. I think we suffered over the coalition period, and many can speculate as to why this may have been , but it’s now time that we asserted that we are the true voice of the countryside.
Let’s start by making sure that the Rural Services Network isn’t simply a Tory stronghold.
Check here to see if your Council is a member and work at getting yourself nominated as a rep.
There are many voters in the countryside who don’t feel that either Labour or the Conservatives truly represent how they feel and that space is there to be filled by Lib Dems.
I look forward to seeing many more of you at next year’s conference and will even volunteer to organise a night out for us at a suitable local hostelry!
* Cllr Peter Thornton is the Finance Portfolio Holder and Councillor for Whinfell Ward on South Lakeland Council