Rural Powerhouse Campaign

12th March 2020

South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne is supporting the CLA’s Rural Powerhouse Campaign.

The campaign, launched by the CLA which represents 30,000 landowners, farmers and rural businesses, aims to transform the lives of millions of people who live and work in the countryside by closing the rural productivity gap, adding a potential £43bn to UK GVA per year.

Rural businesses cover everything from farming to tourism, housing to energy production. Owing to their location and unique circumstances, they often have to be agile and explore opportunities across different sectors. This entrepreneurialism, though, can be hampered by a lack of investment, government support and excessive red tape.

The campaign has five key aims, which are:

  • A fully connected countryside
  • A planning system designed for rural communities
  • Profitable and sustainable farming
  • Investment in skills and innovation
  • A simpler tax regime

Mr Dunne, who is Chairman of the APPG for Rural Services and in that capacity worked with CLA, and other groups representing rural interests, to advance this agenda in last Parliament, said:

“I am delighted to support the CLA’s Rural Powerhouse Campaign. The countryside provides so much, not only for those living and working in places like South Shropshire, but for those who live in our towns and cities as well. I look forward to working with the CLA to ensure that our countryside continues to provide a wide range of benefits for all.”

CLA President Mark Bridgeman said:

“The Rural Powerhouse is based on the idea that the rural economy has incredible potential.  The potential to create jobs, grow businesses, build successful communities.  But also the potential to solve so many of our great challenges – we want to help solve the housing crisis, we want to help mitigate climate change; we just need the right policy base to achieve it.

To keep up-to-date with the Rural Powerhouse Campaign, visit

Philip Dunne backs CLA’s Rural Powerhouse Campaign

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