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  • RSPCA drops final case against a huntWednesday, 18 March 2015
    The RSPCA has this week dropped its last prosecution of a hunt. The Society informed Will Bryer of the Cattistock's solicitor that it will not be pursuing its case.
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  • Rock the rural voteWednesday, 4 March 2015
    Take part in our e-lobby of parliamentary candidates ahead of May's General Election, asking for support for the Alliance's manifesto priorities from rural services to food & farming and wildlife management.
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  • Help us campaign on broadband
    Please take a few minutes to test your broadband and tell us your speed & provider so we can populate our #betterbroadband map and campaign effectively.
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Lobby your Parliamentary candidates now!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Countryside Alliance has launched a new campaign asking rural voters to contact their Parliamentary candidates ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Take part here. This online e-lobby reads: "Congratulations on your selection. As a voter in your constituency I wanted to draw your attention to Countryside Alliance's General Election Manifesto and ask you whether you are supportive of the Alliance's manifesto and its campaigns." Please let us know the feedback you get from your candidates - contact election@countryside-alliance.org. You can download our General Election Manifesto here.

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Prime Minister David Cameron

The Prime Minister writes for the Countryside Alliance's Spring magazine

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has written for our Spring magazine ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Mr Cameron's article appears in the magazine alongside articles by Labour Leader Ed Miliband and Liberal Demcrat Leader Nick Clegg - the articles outline each leader's views on the countryside and rural life. Mr Cameron writes: I am proud of our country’s rural identity - and my own rural heritage. Having been brought up in the beautiful village of Peasemore in Berkshire, the countryside is still the place I feel most at home. I’m based in London for most of the week, but feel a noticeable emotional shift when I arrive in West Oxfordshire each Friday. We spend a lot of time outdoors as a family: walking, running, gardening, cycling and riding.

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Nick Clegg writes for the Countryside Alliance magazine

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has written exclusively for the Countryside Alliance's membership magazine ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Mr Clegg joins the Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband in the magazine as each outlines his views on our countryside and the importance of those who live and work there. Mr Clegg writes: Rural Britain is what makes this country the envy of the world. From the beaches of St Ives to the rolling hills of Inverness, we are privileged to have on our doorsteps areas of outstanding natural beauty brimming with wildlife and warm communities who lift your heart whenever you visit. There is no doubt that the British countryside has provided wealth, health and happiness for generations of Brits and tourists.

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Labour leader Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband writes for the Countryside Alliance magazine

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has written for the Countryside Alliance's membership magazine ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Mr Miliband's article appears alongside articles by the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as leaders of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties respectively. All three write about the countryside and its place in national life. Mr Miliband writes:  As someone who represents a constituency with big rural areas, I care deeply about how we improve life for people who live in the countryside. Readers of the Countryside Alliance Magazine know that rural communities are staggeringly diverse but have common needs and aspirations. Under this Government rural communities have faced a cost-of living crisis, a damaging fall in the wholesale dairy price, a low-pay, low-skill economy, and lack the power to make decisions about their future.

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Nigel Farage of UKIP writes for us

UK Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage writes: I was born in Kent, so the way I look at the British countryside is not the way politicians from Notting Hill or North London look at it. I fish and I shoot. Apparently I'm the only party leader who owns his own waders. I'd guess I am the only party leader who knows why the EU demand to ban lead shot is a thoroughly bad idea.

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Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood writes for us

Friday, 27 March 2015

Leanne Wood, Leader, Plaid Cymru | Party of Wales, joins other party leaders in writing exclusively for the Countryside Alliance website: The countryside and rural communities contribute to the Welsh economy not only in terms of agriculture and food production but also crucially to the wellbeing of our environment and culture. Farming forms the backbone for many Welsh rural communities - creating economic and social activity in some of our country’s most isolated areas, yet the sector faces unprecedented challenges. Incomes dropped by 44% in over 2013/14 and a further drop is projected for 2014/15. Market volatility in the dairy and red meat sectors have contributed to these pressures. Plaid Cymru believes that in order to allow the industry to respond more effectively to these challenges the government reduce bureaucracy and red tape. The Party of Wales would start by scrapping the six day standstill rule.

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AGM and Board Elections

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

In 2015 the Countryside Alliance Annual General Meeting will be held a little later than usual, in September. A number of factors have combined to make this a logical decision including a re-structured Board, our charity application and the 2015 General Election. The AGM is expected to take place on Tuesday 15th September 2015 at 12.00pm. The date and location will be confirmed in our magazine’s summer issue, which will contain the members’ ballot, plus the annual report and accounts. The Board has declared vacancies for two elected members of the Countryside Alliance Board.

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Outdoor Education

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Food Labelling

Food Labelling

Campaigning for mandatory country of origin meat labelling
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Game to eat

Game to eat

Promoting the great taste of game
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