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Rural Related Politics - An RSN weekly review

08 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
(1 - 5 October)

On Monday, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright delivered his speech to the Conservative Party Conference, stating that the Conservatives should be proud to have made 95% broadband available. He said that by 2020 everyone will have the right to minimum speeds of 10mbps, and that the Government will work to identify the places the market won’t reach on its own and connect them.

In his speech, Environment Secretary Michael Gove stated that the Government’s Agriculture Bill would help farmers to be more productive and get a better price for their produce, as well as help them to ‘invest in new technology to help them provide a harvest for the world’. He added that the Government would work to ensure that ‘food production is truly sustainable, replenishing the soil, using energy wisely and supporting innovation’.

On Wednesday the Prime Minister has delivered her speech, mounting a firm defence of the Chequers agreement but refusing to rule out a no-deal Brexit, saying that this would undermine the UK’s negotiating position.

This week in politics (8 - 12 October)

Parliament returns from recess on Tuesday 9th October.
At 4pm on Tuesday the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee is to question representatives from the retail and hospitality sectors as part of its high streets and town centres in 2030 inquiry.
Members of the Association of Convenience Stores and the British Beer and Pub Association are due to give evidence. The session will be broadcast and available to watch here.
At 5.30pm the APPG for Housing in the North is to hold its AGM.

On Wednesday 10th at midday the Agriculture Bill is to have its second reading in the House of Commons.
Later at 4.30pm there will be a debate in the House of Commons on promoting growth in the East of England.
Elsewhere in Parliament, also at 4.30pm the APPG on Science and Technology in Agriculture is to take place with a session on agriculture post-Brexit.


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