MP raises ‘destructive’ issue of rural deprivation in House of Commons

Jerome Mayhew (left), Liz Truss (right). Picture: Danielle Booden/Victoria Pertusa

Jerome Mayhew (left), Liz Truss (right). Picture: Danielle Booden/Victoria Pertusa - Credit: Danielle Booden/Victoria Pertusa

A Norfolk MP has raised the “hard and destructive” issue of how rural deprivation is being addressed.

Jerome Mayhew, Broadland MP, highlighted the subject during a question session in the House of Commons with the women and equalities minister Liz Truss.

Speaking on Wednesday, July 22, the Conservative MP said: “Rural poverty is easy to overlook in picturesque areas which other people associate with holidays and a slower quality of life. But it is every bit as hard and destructive for those who are affected by it.”

Mr Mayhew asked Ms Truss: “What action is the government taking to address rural deprivation?”

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The equalities minister, who is also secretary of state for international trade and MP for South West Norfolk, said: “We want everybody to benefit from our levelling up agenda and we recognise deprived rural areas can face additional barriers.”

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She said the equalities hub would analyse data so “we can take measures across government to address that”.

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