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Countryside Alliance launches Brexit policies

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 The Countryside Alliance has launched a Brexit policy document (25th April 2017) setting out the issues that need to be addressed in order to sustain a living and working countryside outside of the EU. The Countryside Alliance did not campaign during the EU referendum but the decision to leave the EU will have an impact…

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Countryside Alliance at the Canterbury Farmers Club

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Countryside Alliance Political Relations Manager, James Somerville-Meikle, travelled back to his home county of Kent to address the Canterbury Farmers Club on the importance of the snap General Election for rural communities. The talk, on Monday 24 April, was an opportunity to discuss the rural issues which will need to be debated during the election…

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Representing UK rural interests in Brussels

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The Countryside Alliance’s Head of Political, James Legge, has been in Brussels this week as a representative of European fieldsports umbrella group FACE. James and FACE Secretary General Ludwig Willnegger attended meetings with various MEPs and other officials about how best to secure the interests of both UK and European fieldsports communities as the UK…

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5 rural policies we want to see at the heart of the next government’s agenda

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: When the Prime Minister called a General Election on Tuesday she revealed that she had made the final decision whilst walking with her husband in the glorious countryside of North Wales. Whilst her reasoning was largely related to delivering Brexit negotiations this will be a crucial election for…

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Police lead on wildlife crime and rural affairs writes for CA magazine

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Dave Jones is Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police and the national policing lead for Wildlife Crime and Rural Affairs. He has written exclusively for the Countryside Alliance’s Spring 2017 magazine about rural crime, observing that: ” The National Rural Crime Network’s recent survey showed rural crime across the UK is vastly under reported, with…

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Isle of Wight Dairy Farm wins Clarissa Dickson Wright legacy award

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The Clarissa Dickson Wright legacy award was presented at Parliament on 22nd March 2017 by farmer, entrepreneur, founder of Borough Market and friend of Clarissa, Peter Gott. Peter, who farms at Sillfield in Cumbria, was the inaugural winner of the Award (it has subsequently also been won by Peelham Farm on the Scottish Borders and…

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The Rural Oscars go to……

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On 22nd March 2017 the 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the Rural Oscars, were handed out by the Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom MP at a Parliamentary reception.  Businesses from across England and Wales, who had already won their regional title, came to Westminster to find out if they had taken the national title. Shortly after the…

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Minister supports calls for extending country of origin labelling

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On Tuesday 14 March MPs debated the future of food labelling in a Westminster Hall Debate led by Julian Sturdy MP (Conservative, York Outer). The Countryside Alliance has campaigned for better food labelling for many years, including our ‘Honest, Fair, Simple’ campaign which we launched in 2011, and worked closely with Julian and his office…

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Spring 2017 membership magazine now online

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The Countryside Alliance’s Spring 2017 magazine is now online. Below is the Editor’s welcome letter outlining the content: Download now 2017 is something of a numbers game. Fresh from celebrating 350 years of the Cottesmore Hunt (p44) we now move on to the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust’s silver anniversary (p36) which will  see a series of…

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Countryside Alliance calls for immediate solutions to rural broadband woes as it labels proposed BT Openreach separation a distraction

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Today (March 10) Ofcom announced that BT has agreed to separate legally from Openreach. Openreach will become a distinct company with its own staff, management, purpose and strategy. The legal separation of BT and Openreach must not distract us all from the rollout of broadband to those communities which are receiving a poor level of…

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