CANDIDATES in this year's European elections are being urged to champion rural issues.
MPs have again called on the government to give rural communities a fairer deal when funding public services.
MASSIVE budget cuts threaten Defra's ability to respond to future emergencies, MPs have warned.
CHANCELLOR George Osborne has admitted that Whitehall funding formulas give rural areas a raw deal.
MORE than 25 MPs attended parliament to present petitions calling on the government to grant fairer funding for rural areas.
MORE than 100 petitions calling for fairer rural funding have been presented by MPs to the government.
THE government is asking how best to spend almost £20bn that will help shape the countryside over the next seven years.
THE campaign for fairer rural funding is being stepped up after the government dismissed any imbalance between urban and rural areas.
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