Rural communities in Scotland will be severely affected by Brexit. We are asking for MP candidates and political parties to agree to continue rural funding as it is currently allocated by the EU, until a full review has been conducted, and to continue to support funding for rural enterprise, development, communities and services in the long-term. To see our key messages please see: https://www.scottishruralparliament.org.uk/general-election-2017-our-key-asks/
You can join our campaign to ensure rural Scotland receives a fair deal post-Brexit by:
1. Take part in our Twitter hustings on 29th May
Join our rural Twitter hustings on Monday 29th May at 8pm on Twitter using #GE17rural.
MP candidates confirmed as taking part in the event so far are:
Robina Barton, Scottish Labour for Orkney and Shetland (@robina4labour17)
Kirstene Hair, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party for Angus (@Kirstene4Angus)
Màiri McAllan, Scottish National Party for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale (@MairiMcAllan)
Submit your questions by noon on Sunday and get more info here: https://www.scottishruralparliament.org.uk/event/ge17rural/
2. Write to your local MP candidate
Write to your local MP candidate to ask them to agree to continue rural funding as it is currently allocated by the EU, until a full review has been conducted, and to continue to support funding for rural enterprise, development, communities and services in the long-term.
We have a template letter available for you to use: Letter to MP Candidates
3. Attend your local hustings event
We have put together a list of suggested questions regarding rural Scotland which you may want ask MPs at the local Hustings here. Let us know how you get on and what responses you get!
- What are your priorities for the rural economy post-election?
- How will you ensure that funding for rural development and infrastructure is protected post-Brexit?
- Will you personally commit to championing rural development and infrastructure funding post-Brexit?
- How do we motivate more people to vote – particularly young adults in rural areas?
- There are serious concerns about the availability of rural GPs and other health and social care staff in rural communities post-Brexit. What can be done – and what will you and your party do – to ensure that we continue to have a functional NHS and social care services?
- Mobile phone signal is an essential service and yet in rural Scotland there are large areas without any signal. What can be done in your opinion to improve this situation?
- Can you tell us your personal views on the impact of Scotland becoming independent from the UK on rural communities in Scotland?