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Danae champions jobs, transport and housing for rural areas

Jobs, cheaper transport links and truly affordable housing are needed if rural areas are to be able to thrive and attract younger people to stay in our communities, Danae Savvidou told a Labour Party conference in Bristol last weekend.

Jobs, cheaper transport links and truly affordable housing are needed if rural areas are to be able to thrive and attract younger people to stay in our communities, Danae Savvidou told a Labour Party conference in Bristol last weekend.

“The needs of rural communities are often not taken into account when national strategies are put in place,” said Danae Savvidou, who was attending Labour’s south west regional conference as a delegate from Cam, Dursley and Berkeley Labour Party. Danae paid tribute to the work of David Drew as a sterling example of someone who stood up for our rural communities as MP.

“David understood the issues faced by rural areas, the disconnect for many with access to jobs, transport links, broadband, affordability to buy and rent homes alongside the erosion of local services and facilities as well as often paying more for essential services and earning lower wages.

“If we want our young people to stay in the area, they need good jobs, affordable homes and good connections to other areas. David campaigned as our MP to get national policies ‘rural-proofed’ as well as championing local need and it was good to hear Jeremy Corbyn acknowledge David’s important role on this and so many other issues – and he thanked David for all his work in parliament.”

Danae took the opportunity to praise the work of Stroud District Council, telling the conference how the Labour-led council had done their best to shield the people in our communities from the loss of millions of pounds in the last decade from central government by funding community hubs and the Food Bank, by building social housing, and by investing in local projects such as the Pulse fitness centre in Dursley, despite Tory opposition.

“It’s good to see the council working to give greater access for people to activities that promote health and well-being, both physical and mental,” Danae added. “The Conservatives in government are not standing up for working people in rural areas and it’s left to local councils to hold the line in defence of their communities.”