Consultation and Lobbying

Scottish Government tail docking consultation opens

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The Scottish Government is asking to hear your views on permitting tail docking for working spaniels and Hunt Point Retrievers, which was subject to a total ban in 2007 without the working dogs exemption that exists elsewhere in the UK. The consultation runs until 3rd May and the Countryside Alliance urges anyone with knowledge of…

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Our briefing on grouse shooting & flooding

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We are aware of a number of recent claims about a direct link between moorland management, grouse shooting and flooding. For many communities the damage caused by the flooding this winter has been the worst in living memory. The experience of witnessing homes, and even whole farms, under water has rightly led people to ask why…

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Briefing note ahead of Westminster Hall debate on fuel poverty

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Attached is our briefing note for the Westminster Hall Debate on Fuel Poverty secured by Derek Thomas MP (Con, St Ives) on fuel poverty on Wednesday 3 February 2016, 9:30-11:00am. The 2001 Fuel Poverty Strategy set a target for eliminating fuel poverty by 2016 – a target that has clearly not been achieved. Latest figures…

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Sign a petition to protect Scottish wild salmon

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Salmon & Trout Conservation UK report: “We have just launched a new petition, hosted on the Scottish Parliament’s website, as part of our strategy to put real pressure on the Scottish Government to provide long-overdue statutory protection to wild fish from what is probably the greatest scourge of our wild salmon and sea trout – the…

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Questions in Parliament on the hunting issue

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This week hunting was mentioned in Parliamen as Shadow Defra Minister asked the Environment Secretary “if she will make it her policy to establish a commission to examine the issue of hunting foxes with dogs before bringing forward proposals for a vote in the House on that issue.” In response, Defra Minister Rory Stewart said: “The Government…

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CA briefing note for Parliamentary debate on local government funding

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes a Backbench Business Debate, secured by Graham Stuart MP (Con, Beverley and Holderness), Sue Hayman MP (Lab, Workington) and Norman Lamb MP (LibDem, North Norfolk) on local government funding for rural areas to take place on Monday 11 January 2016 (4:00pm- 4:30pm). Below is a briefing note ahead of the debate. Local government…

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The Prime Minister’s piece from our Spring 2015 magazine

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The Prime Minister, David Cameron, wrote for our Spring magazine ahead of the General Election on 7th May, but his piece is no less interesting post-Election. Mr Cameron wrote: 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,…

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Countryside Alliance welcomes microchipping regulations for dogs in Wales

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The National Assembly for Wales has voted in favour of the new Microchipping of Dogs (Wales) Regulations 2015 which will come into force on 6 April 2016. All dogs over the age of eight weeks will require a microchip and the details of the keeper will be registered on an approved database. Rachel Evans, Countryside Alliance…

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Background brief to backbench business debate on broadband

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COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE BACKGROUND NOTE BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY IN THE COUNTRYSIDE Backbench Business Debate, House of Commons, Monday 12 October 2015 Superfast broadband roll-out: “That this House notes variations in the effectiveness of roll-out of fixed and mobile superfast broadband in different parts of the UK; and calls on the Government to host a not-spot summit to consider ways…

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