Hugo Miéville: Public Meeting on 'The Future of the Countryside'
Hugo Mieville, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for North Dorset, last Thursday evening hosted a public meeting on ' The Future of the English Countryside' at Sturminster Newton's Exchange. In his introduction, Hugo referred to the importance of rural matters in the forthcoming election. He also highlighted his Rural Bill of Rights, which he is proposing along with Ros Kayes, the Lib Dem PPC for West Dorset, as an answer to the twin problems of rural inequality and rural disconnectedness from the centre of power.
The main speaker was Lord Robin Teverson. Lord Teverson is a former MEP, who is the Lib Dem spokesman in the Lords on Energy and Climate Change, and Chair of the umbrella pressure-group for countryside causes, the Rural Coalition.
Lord Teverson spoke about many crucial rural issues, including cuts in bus services, the need to extend rural Broadband, the shortage of affordable housing in the countryside, and the importance of the Liberal Democrat policy of Localism. He then answered questions from a very attentive audience, who came from all parts of North Dorset.
The official launch of the Rural Bill of Rights will take place at Dorchester's Corn Exchange on Friday 6 March at 6 pm , where the keynote speaker will be the Lib Dem peer Baroness Bakewell, who is an expert on rural infrastructure.