Richard Rout

Richard Rout is Conservative deputy leader of Suffolk County Council.

The disturbing rise of the rural Greens

In the shire counties of England, a dark force is rising. No, this isn’t a dreadful attempt at Tolkien fanfiction, but rather the challenging electoral predicament we Conservatives find ourselves in as we confront a new kind of opposition. And this time, the little furry-footed gardening folk are not on the side of the angels.