Rural Related Politics - An RSN weekly review

01 October 2018

Below is an RSN review of last week's rural related politics as well as a look forward to the week ahead:

Last week in politics
(24 - 28 September)

The Government published the last batch of no-deal technical notices, outlining the UK’s relationship with the EU in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. Of interest, on the matter of exporting animals and animal products if there’s no Brexit deal, the notices set out that an Export Health Certificate (EHC) would be required for exports of all animal products and live animals from the UK to the EU. The Government also released this quarter’s Rural Economic Bulletin for England, which showed the average house price in rural areas increased by 4.5 per cent over the last year, while employment rates for people aged 16 to 64 dropped by 0.2 per cent. Elsewhere, the Labour Party Conference took place last week in Liverpool. Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rebecca Long-Bailey MP announced Labour’s emergency five-point plan to save Britain’s high streets, including:

  1. Banning ATM charges and stopping Post Office and bank branch closures;
  2. Providing free bus travel for under 25s;
  3. Delivering free public Wi-Fi in town centres;
  4. Establishing a register of landlords of empty shops in each local authority; and
  5. Annual revaluations of business rates.

She also highlighted that Shadow Minister for Small Business Bill Esterson MP is convening a cross-departmental taskforce to assess the decline of high streets, including tax treatment between traditional retailers and online sellers, and that Shadow Minister for Planning and Local Government Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP will lead a planning commission, which will enable the party to create policies that will support high streets, tackle climate change and aid environmental protection. On Sunday, Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox gave his speech to the Conservative Party Conference. Fox praised the UK’s economic performance since the 2016 EU referendum, noting high levels of UK exports and low unemployment. He also restated that the UK will leave the customs union, single market and Common Fisheries and Agricultural Policies, and end ECJ jurisdiction and free movement.

This week in politics (1 - 5 October)

Parliament remains in recess. The Conservative Party Conference is taking place in Birmingham from Sunday 30th September to Wednesday 3rd October. There are several events which may be of interest:

Monday 1st October  
  • Future of the countryside hosted by the Conservative Rural Forum in the Waterside Theatre, Austin Court at midday with the Marquess of Abergavenny.
  • The Rural Reception is hosted by the Angling Trust in Hall 8 of the ICC Birmingham at 12:45.
  • Rebalancing the Economy: Raising Productivity and Promoting Regional Growth is hosted by IPPR North and Deloitte in Room 6 of the Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre at 16:00 with Richard Harrington, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (invited) and Stephen Hammond MP (invited).
  • Broadband Infrastructure: How can the Government place consumers at the heart of its full fibre vision? Hosted by ConservativeHome in partnership with Cityfibre in Hall 6 of the ICC Birmingham at 16:15 with Margot James MP, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries.
Tuesday 2nd October
  • What does Brexit mean for farmers? Hosted by the APPG for Farming in the Business Hub, Centenary Square at 19:15 with George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Neil Carmichael, Secretariat for the APPG for Farming; Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee; and Julian Sturdy MP, Chair of the APPG for Farming.


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