You are cordially invited to our next ConservativeHome Live event, held in partnership with the Country Land and Business Association, exploring the topic:

Rural Powerhouse – How can the Conservatives grow the rural economy?

Join us for free, via Zoom, from 7pm-8.15pm on Tuesday 10th May to hear from an expert panel including:

  • Julian Sturdy MP, Chair of the APPG for Rural Business and the Rural Powerhouse
  • Selaine Saxby MP, Member of Parliament for North Devon
  • Jonathan Roberts, Director of External Affairs, CLA
  • Paul Goodman, Editor of ConservativeHome (Chair)

A recent report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Rural Powerhouse found that the rural economy is 18 per cent less productive than the national average – it is estimated that if this gap were to be reduced, it could add up to £43 billion to the UK economy. What are the current limitations on rural productivity and growth, and how can they be overcome? What are the opportunities that could arise from levelling up rural areas?

Finding a successful answer to these economic questions is also a political challenge – recent polling found that Labour and the Conservatives are now neck-and-neck among rural voters.

Sign up here to put your questions to our panel, and to debate how the Conservatives can best deliver prosperity and opportunity in the countryside.