The table below compares the rural policies in the manifestos of the main UK-wide parties, and indicates the Countryside Alliance’s view of those policies.

All party manifestos can be found here.

Key:

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Alliance supports.
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Alliance cannot
support.

Blank

Insufficient detail to
take a firm view.

NA

Policy did not
specify rural
communities.
 

Conservative

Labour

Liberal Democrats

Green

Brexit Party

Broadband

Roll out gigabit broadband across the country by 2025, and provide greater mobile coverage.

 

 

 

 

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Free full-fibre broadband to everybody in every home by 2030 by bringing parts of BT into public ownership.

 

 

 

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£2 billion to install hyper-fast, fibre-optic broadband across the UK – with a particular focus on connecting rural areas.
All households and businesses have access to superfast broadband (30Mbps download and 6Mbps upload).

 

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Connect rural communities through reliable broadband and mobile internet, delivered through councils.

 

 

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NA

Rural Crime

Additional police
resources to tackle rural
crime.
Strengthen the
accountability of
elected Police and
Crime Commissioners
and expand their role.

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Bring in measures to
effectively tackle hare
coursing.*

 

 

 

 

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NA NA NA

Hunting, shooting,
fishing

Make no changes to the
Hunting Act.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Strengthen the Hunting
Act (2004) through
introduction of a
recklessness clause and
other measures.
Implement an
independent review
into the economic,
environmental and
wildlife impacts of
driven grouse shooting
and model
alternatives.*
Ban deer stalking.*

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NA

Ban hunting, fishing
and shooting.
Ban the killing of
animals for sport
across the EU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NA

Farming

Introduce a system
based on ‘public money
for public goods’.
Guarantee the current
annual budget to
farmers in every year of
the next Parliament.
Support sustainable
local food and
agriculture markets in
the fight against
climate change.
Maintain agricultural
and rural structural
funds but repurpose
them to support
environmental land
management and
sustainable methods of
food production.
Large scale restoration
of peatlands, heathland,
native woodlands,
saltmarshes, wetlands
and coastal waters.
Reduce basic agricultural
support payments to the
larger recipients and
redeploy the savings to
support the public goods
that come from effective
land management,
including restoring
nature and protecting
the countryside.
Refocus farm
subsidies to help
farmers transition to
more sustainable,
diverse and
environmentally
friendly forms of land
use, including organic
farming, agroforestry
and mixed farming,
and away from
intensive livestock
farming.
Maintain
subsidies and
grants paid by
the EU to UK
businesses such
as farmers,
fisheries.

Business tax

Reduce business rates
via a fundamental
review of the system.

 

 

 

 

 

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Review the option of a
land value tax on
commercial landlords
as an alternative and
develop a retail sector
industrial strategy.

 

 

 

 

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Replace business rates in
England with a
Commercial Landowner
Levy based solely on the
land value of commercial
sites rather than their
entire capital value.

 

 

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Replace business
rates with a Land
Value Tax (LVT).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Replace business
rates with a
simpler system to
assist small High
Street retailers
and leisure
operators.

 

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Transport

Keep bus fares low and
bring back and protect
rural routes.

 

 

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Expand local services
reinstating 3,000
routes (focused in rural
areas).

 

 

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Increase funding for
buses, enabling local
authorities to restore old
routes and open new
ones, with a focus on
rural areas.

 

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NA NA

Rural health

NA NA

Encourage healthcare
professionals to work in
areas where there are
shortages, especially
inner city and remote
rural areas.

 

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NA NA

Rural Proofing

NA

Introduce a ‘rural
proofing’ process so
that all our laws,
policies and
programmes consider
their impact on rural
communities.

 

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NA NA NA

 

* Found in Labour’s Animal Welfare Manifesto, not Labour’s General Election Manifesto (2019)

 

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