Consultation and Lobbying

CA meets Labour’s Shadow Defra Team

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Over the past couple of weeks the Countryside Alliance’s political and policy team has held individual meetings with the Labour MPs responsible for holding Defra Ministers to account, and developing alternative policies for the environment, food and rural affairs. On Thursday 2 November, Countryside Alliance Head of Policy, Sarah Lee, and Political Relations Manager, James…

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Countryside Alliance Awards praised in Parliament

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The Countryside Alliance Awards were mentioned in a House of Lords debate on Thursday (2 November) on the opportunities and challenges for agriculture, fisheries, and the rural economy. Baroness Mallalieu, President of the Countryside Alliance, stated: “The Countryside Alliance’s rural retail awards show every year what is happening up and down the country, with small…

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CA discuss Home Office proposals on firearms and knives with Crime Minister

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive, Tim Bonner, and Head of Shooting, Liam Stokes, met the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Sarah Newton MP, on Wednesday (25 October) to discuss proposed changes to firearms law and the online sale of knives. The meeting was a chance for the Countryside Alliance to raise initial concerns about…

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Countryside Alliance call for an end to RSPCA privatised prosecutions

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The Countryside Alliance has welcomed plans to increase the maximum sentence for animal abuse, but has repeated calls to the RSPCA to end the continuing anomaly of privatised criminal prosecution of animal welfare legislation. The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, announced that the Government intends to bring forward legislation to increase the maximum sentence for serious…

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Government recognises the value of shooting for curlew conservation

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Environment Minister, Dr Therese Coffey MP, has recognised the benefits of grouse moor management for the curlew, the species of greatest conservation concern in the UK, and has given a commitment to include predator control in conservation projects which Defra funds. Speaking in a Westminster Hall Debate in Parliament on the lowland curlew, the Minister…

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CA discuss seasonal workers and shooting with Immigration Minister

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive, Tim Bonner, and Political Relations Manager, James Somerville-Meikle, met the Immigration Minister, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, on Wednesday (11 October) to discuss the importance of seasonal workers from the EU to the rural economy. UK farmers and producers employ approximately 80,000 seasonal workers every year, the vast majority of these people…

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Breakfast with Michael Gove

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: An audience of over 150 people gathered to hear the Defra Secretary of State, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, in conversation with me at our ‘Brexit Breakfast’ event at the Conservative Party Conference on Monday. After successful fringe meetings at the Lib Dem and Labour Party conferences…

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Michael Gove amongst speakers at CA events at Conservative Conference

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The Countryside Alliance will be hosting a breakfast discussion meeting at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester with Defra Secretary of State, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, and Countryside Alliance Chief Executive, Tim Bonner. The ‘Brexit Breakfast’ will be an opportunity for Tim to question the Secretary of State about the principles and priorities…

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