Wednesday, 1 April 2015
MEDIAWATCH: Countryside Alliance animal welfare consultant, Jim Barrington, will be on Michael Portillo's show "Portillo's State Secrets" from 6.30pm on BBC2 this evening, 1st April. Jim will be talking about animal welfare and hunting and reports that he thoroughly enjoyed filming with Portillo.
Wednesday, 1 April 2015
The political parties have now launched their election campaigns and the long road to polling day, 7th May, has begun. First and foremost we ask you to ensure you are registered to vote, if you are eligible. NB the law has changed and you must re-register. Click here to register (you will need your National Insurance number). The deadline for registration is 20th April. Secondly we ask you to email your candidates via our online e-lobby. The e-lobby will take a few moments of your time and will put the Countryside Alliance's General Election Manifesto in front of each candidate, asking them for support of our campaigning priorities. We all have a role to play in keeping rural issues at the top of the campaigning agenda. Thirdly, please feed back any responses you get from your candidates as this data will help us enormously when the new government is formed. Email us at email@example.com - we are especially interested in candidates' views on hunting and shooting as they may differ. There is already cross-party support for our work on rural services, digital communications and food & farming.
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Countrymans Weekly published a letter in its 31st March 2015 issue which gets to the heart of the meaning of breast cancer charity Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland. The letter, pictured, responds to a column in the magazine last week by the Countryside Alliance's Jill Grieve, alongside a news piece, reporting on the magical value of Casting for Recovery and observes: "I only hope these types of columns and news pieces provide some perspective to readers and make us all realise how lucky we are to have the opportunities to do what we love." Click here for more on Casting for Recovery.Read more
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can download our General Election Manifesto here.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more