Rural communities are suffering austerity

Speaking at a Labour fringe event at conference last week, Plymouth MP and Shadow Minister for Flooding and Coastal Communities Luke Pollard warned about the danger of assuming that urban areas are worst hit by austerity and believing that Conservatives represent rural voters while Labour represents those in urban areas.

‘It’s tempting to think of built up urban areas when we think about areas worst hit by austerity, but rural communities have been hit just as hard – they’ve lost their pubs, their GP surgeries, their post office and councils can’t afford basic services,’ he said. ‘People in rural communities need their public services protected just as much, if not more so, than those in big cities.’

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