Throughout the 2019 general election campaign, the CLA engaged with Parliamentary candidates across the political divide on a wide range of topics, analysing the leading political parties’ policy manifestos and keeping CLA members informed of all the latest election news and what it means for you. 

At the start of the campaign, the CLA launched the Rural Powerhouse by writing to every Parliamentary candidate in every constituency in England and Wales to galvanise widespread support. The CLA understands that 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 CLA will now seek to follow through with MPs who backed the Rural Powerhouse and we are determined to create a lasting impact with this campaign.

Responding to the General Election result, Country Land and Business Association President Mark Bridgeman said:

“We will do what we can to help Government negotiate comprehensive agreements not just with the EU but across the world.  But Government needs to earn the trust of rural communities by guaranteeing that UK farmers will not be undercut by cheap imports produced to lower standards."