Consultation and Lobbying




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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Labour promises to “battle” for the countryside during Brexit

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Shadow Brexit Minister, Jenny Chapman MP, said that “the mother of all battles” was going to take place in Parliament as Brexit legislation is debated over the next few months, and promised that Labour would win some of those battles given the Government’s small majority in Westminster. Speaking at the Countryside Alliance fringe event at…

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Liberal Democrats urged to champion rural communities during Brexit

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive, Tim Bonner, told delegates at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Bournemouth that their party needed to argue the case for a Brexit that works for the countryside. Speaking at the Countryside Alliance fringe event on Monday, he urged the Liberal Democrats not to overlook rural communities and said that the…

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Countryside Alliance discusses Brexit and shooting with Environment Secretary, Michael Gove

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive, Tim Bonner, and Head of Policy, Sarah Lee met the Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove MP, on Monday this week (11th September) to discuss rural issues and the impact of Brexit on the countryside and rural communities. It was a great opportunity for the Countryside Alliance to raise…

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