Monday, 08 September 2008 07:10

Watchdog gears up for party conferences

Written by  Ruralcity Media
RURAL fringe events will be held at three party conferences this autumn.

THE Commission for Rural Communities will host fringe events at the three main party conferences this autumn.

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Politicians from all main parties will take part
The season kicks of with a fringe event at the Liberal Democrat conference conference in Bournemouth on Tuesday, 16 September.

Called Old, rich and exclusive vs young, poor and excluded: Who will win the battle for a house in the country?, it will discuss issues surrounding affordable rural housing.

The event will be chaired by Elinor Goodman, former chair of the Affordable Rural Housing Commission.

Participants will include Matthew Taylor MP, whose recent affordable housing review – commissioned by the Prime Minister – called for a fundamental overhaul of planning policy to breath new life ito rural communities.

Mr Taylor will be joined by Ben Stafford, of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, and commission chairman Stuart Burgess, who is also the government's Rural Advocate.

The event will be repeated at the Labour conference in Manchester on Sunday, 21 September.

Finally, the Conservative conference fringe event will be held in Birmingham on Monday, 29 September.

Called England's green and pressured land? How can we address the challenges of a changing countryside?, delegates will discuss the issues facing rural areas.

The event will be chaired by Elinor Goodman, former chair of the Affordable Rural Housing Commission.

Participants will include John Gummer MP, Neil Sinden of the Campaign to Protect Rural England and commission chairman Stuart Burgess, who is also the government's Rural Advocate.

 

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