Wednesday, 13 June 2007 22:21

Tories to launch rural policy review

Written by  Ruralcity Media

ImageThe Conservative party is set to launch a major review of its rural policies at this summer's Royal Show.

Tory policy group chairman John Gummer MP will unveil recommendations from the party's Quality of Life report at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on 3 July.

It is understood that the report will cover a range of issues, including policy formulation on the built environment, energy and transport - as well as food, farming and rural affairs.

Mr Gummer is expected to highlight recommendations which will then be submitted to party leader David Cameron.

The report will provide input geared towards formulating official Tory policy aimed at combating what the party claims is the neglect of rural issues over recent years.

The final report is expected to concentrate on the failings of Defra and its agencies in implementing rural policies, as well as flaws in rural planning and the democratic deficit in rural areas.

It will be presented at the show in a bid to stimulate debate on the future of rural policy in England.

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