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One vexatious Hunting Act prosecution is one too many

Friday, 23 January 2015

Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes: The sordid details of the case against Paul Whitehead and Ted Potter of the Lunesdale Hunt, which was thrown out on the first day of trial on Wednesday, serve to remind us exactly what a mess the Hunting Act is in. The long hours of League Against Cruel Sports 'covert surveillance' carried out by a strange mixture of hunt sabs and ex policemen. Police interviews with the defendants where the video did not work and no meaningful allegation was put to them. An extraordinary decision by the CPS to bring a prosecution, presumably under intense and improper pressure from LACS. The key LACS witness statement, which 'identified' the huntsman solely on the basis that he was 'close to the hounds', and at one point claimed a rock rolling down the mountain was a fox.

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Charlie Jardine

Please sponsor our Marathon team

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Fishing 4 Schools director Charles Jardine is leading our five-strong Virgin Money London Marathon team on Sunday 26th April and we would appreciate your support, so please sponsor now. The team also features Sophie Moate, Holly Bourne-Arton, Josh Woolley and Tori Udale. 

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Contribute to our #betterbroadband map

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Countryside Alliance has launched its #betterbroadband map and urges supporters to take part. We all want #betterbroadband whether we are based in the city or the countryside, so help us improve connectivity by tweeting your broadband download speed, which you can get here, along with your postcode and supplier to our #betterbroadband map. You can add your broadband speed to the map in a number of ways, the easiest of which is to tweet your download speed, postcode and supplier using #betterbroadband letting your followers know you have posted on the Countryside Alliance #betterbroadband map. Please remember to put a # before your postcode.

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Fuel tax rebates for 17 areas ‘a big relief for rural drivers’ says Alliance

Thursday, 15 January 2015

The Countryside Alliance is delighted that petrol prices could become more affordable in 17 of the UK’s most rural communities.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announced today (15 January) that the European Parliament has approved plans for a fuel tax rebate at filling stations in 17 areas across the Scottish Highlands and Argyll and Bute and in Cumbria, Northumberland, North Yorkshire and Devon.
Garages in these areas will be able to claim back up to 5p per litre in fuel duty, allowing them to drop the price of their fuel.

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Win Pol Roger Champagne in our Tumblers' Club Competition

Thursday, 18 December 2014

In conjunction with the new 2014/15 hunting season The Countryside Alliance, generously supported by Pol Roger Champagne are running a new competition. We would like you to send in your photographs (open to amateurs only) of the most humorous tumble that you manage to capture on camera this season, to celebrate the brave souls that go hunting and the trusty steeds that carry them.

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22 February - Savills Countryside Alliance Point-to-Point

Sunday, 22 February 2015

22 February - Save the date - the popular Point-to-Point returns to Badbury Rings near Wimborne, Dorset. The Savills Countryside Alliance Point-to-Point provides some of the most exciting horse racing of the season. Approximately 3,000 people attended in 2014, with 11 races, 200 entries and over 100 runners. The day’s huge success is also due to its family appeal, with local food stalls, terrier racing, a hound parade and a shopping village. The event features a licensed bar and bookmakers. More information from www.capointtopoint.org.uk

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Opportunity to work at the Countryside Alliance as a Political Intern

The Countryside Alliance is looking for a Political Intern to join its campaigns team until 1st June 2015. Read on for more information and application details.

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Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

Re-connecting kids and the countryside
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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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