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Making inroads to our rural supporters

There was a woman who walked nine miles, mostly down a 60-mile-an-hour, windy ‘A’ road because she didn’t have the bus fare and was scared that if she missed her job club appointment her benefits would be stopped. When the Tories announced that they would require...

Delivering for coast and country to deliver a majority

Heartlands, 35 per cent, core vote … most people in the Labour party know where to find many of our voters. And yet when we have won the defining elections of the past 70 years, in 1945, 1964, and in 1997 we have won with Labour votes and Labour members of parliament...

Challenging lazy assumptions about rural voters

We often assume that if you live in an urban part of the country, you will naturally vote Labour and if you live in the countryside you will simply vote Conservative. When you look at the ‘safe’ Labour cities like Manchester, Liverpool and Stoke and ‘rock solid’ blue...

Campaigning in a rural area

The main differences about campaigning in a rural area are firstly the thinly spread population over large geographical areas, and secondly the type of issues and their often very local nature. The first is obvious and requires different types of campaigning. The long...