Who are Labour Coast and Country?

Labour Coast and Country could be you – the founding members (below) are, we hope, just the first of many. Want to get involved? Contact us.

Mark Ferguson is a writer, campaigner and editor of the biggest Labour blog LabourList.org.

Jim Knight was the longest serving Schools minister in the last Labour government; he also served as Rural Affairs minister and attended weekly Cabinet in the year running up to the 2010 General Election as Employment minister.  He was made a life peer in the Dissolution Honours List after that election. Jim’s main policy interests are education, employment, skills and digital technology.  He is now Shadow Defra minister in the House of Lords.  He works as a consultant specialising in advising on the use of technology in education and employment; currently working with TSL Education, Alderwood Education and Step-A International Ltd.  He is also on the board of the Arsenal Fanshare Society, is chair of the Online Centres Foundation and HTI Academies, is a trustee of the e-Learning Foundation and is on the boards of the Institute for Employability Professionals and CDI Apps for Good.

Hywel Lloyd is an independent facilitator and advisor on public policy.  He was a Policy Advisor to Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP during her term of office as Secretary of State at CLG (2007/09) and served in a similar role for Rt Hon Hilary Benn at Defra (2009/10).  While he lives in north London, hIs family’s roots reside in rural south west Wales.

Jonathan Roberts was Labour’s candidate in Thirsk and Malton for the delayed 2010 election.  Hailing from a rural background, Jonathan has campaigned on issues relating to farming, the wider rural economy and rural poverty.  He spent 4 years on the National Executive of the Labour Movement for Europe, and now runs the Maritime UK coalition of shipping, ports and maritime business sector organisations.

Sally Webber specialises in food and agriculture policy and advises a member of the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Select Committee, and the Shadow Defra frontbench team. She has worked at the RSPB and Defra, where she was Specialist Adviser to the Secretary of State and covered food and agriculture for Hilary Benn. She lives in rural Suffolk with her husband, and their two sons.


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