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Conservative Party Manifesto – rural policies

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The Conservative Party has released its Manifesto (18th May) ahead of the General Election on 8th June. The Countryside Alliance’s campaigns team has been through the document and selected some highlights which will impact on rural communities. We hope the below facts and policies will inform you as we head towards the most important election the country, and…

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First step towards a national rural crime strategy

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This week North Yorkshire Police, who hold the NPCC national portfolio for Wildlife Crime and Rural Affairs, held a rural stakeholder engagement event with the purpose to develop a national strategy for this important portfolio. Organisations including ourselves, the National Gamekeepers Organisation, British Horse Society and many more spent the day identifying and discussing what…

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The Rural Charter – the Countryside Alliance General Election Manifesto 2017

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The Countryside Alliance has produced a manifesto for the countryside which highlights several key issues which truly matter to those who live and work in the countryside; from tackling rural crime and increasing the provision of affordable rural housing to ensuring universal access to high speed broadband and mobile phone signal. Download it here and use…

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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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