Consultation and Lobbying

CA brief – 10 key questions on grouse shooting answered

| Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News, Shooting and Conservation

Ahead of the grouse season, which starts on 12th August, the Countryside Alliance political team has sent a briefing note to MPs and Peers which addresses some of the most frequently raised concerns about grouse shooting. Grouse shooting and its associated moorland management plays an essential role in managing, maintaining and protecting the landscape and…

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CA calls for action on affordable rural homes ahead of Westminster debate

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying

Please find below our briefing note ahead of the Westminster Hall Debate on “Supply of homes and affordable homes to buy” (John Redwood, Con, Wokingham) on Thursday 13 July, 1:30pm. Download briefing Many rural areas are suffering from a lack of housing, especially affordable housing. Population growth, combined with migration from urban areas, has seen…

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Countryside Alliance highlights need for new agricultural workers scheme

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Food and Farming

Please find below a briefing note ahead of the Westminster Hall Debate on “Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme” (Neil Parish MP, Con, Tiverton and Honiton) on Thursday 6 July, 3:00pm. Download briefing Access to the EU labour market is vital for many farmers and producers and helps support the wider food supply chain. However, there is…

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Defra Ministers – responsibilities and contact details

| Consultation and Lobbying, Fishing, Food and Farming, Hunting, Latest News, Shooting and Conservation

Following the General Election, the team at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, led by Secretary of State Michael Gove, is as follows. We outline the Secretary of State and his team’s responsibilities and bring you the relevant email addresses (and Twitter handles). The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP Secretary of State • oversight…

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Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland campaign leads to salmon farming inquiry

| Consultation and Lobbying, Fishing, Latest News, Press Release

Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland have reported news that will be of interest to supporters: A formal Petition, lodged in the Scottish Parliament in February 2016 by Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland, seeking protection for wild salmonids from sea lice from Scottish salmon farms, has resulted in MSPs launching an Inquiry into the salmon farming industry…

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Help shape a new agenda for the countryside

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Food and Farming, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband, Shooting and Conservation

The Countryside Alliance is supporting the Rural England CIC (of which we are a stakeholder), the Rural Services Network and the University of Gloucestershire in shaping a new rural agenda. As the dust settles on the election Rural England are keen to find out the key issues that matter to people in rural areas. So…

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CA at River Itchen day with politicians and Angling Trust to highlight chalkstream plight

| Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, Consultation and Lobbying, Fishing, Fishing for Schools, Latest News, Press Release

The Countryside Alliance’s Sue Shaw and Charles Jardine attended a chalk stream discovery day on Friday June 16th at the invitation of the Angling Trust and WWF. The day saw MPs including Sports Minister Tracey Crouch MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Defra, Dr Therese Coffey MP, former Environment Minister Richard Benyon MP and Parliamentary Angling Group…

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Labour needs a rural revival to win the seats needed for government by Liam Stokes

| Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News

Countryside Alliance Head of Shooting Campaigns Liam Stokes (left, with Panda the spaniel) has written for Labour Uncut, the website that goes “inside Labour politics”. In the article, entitled “Labour needs a rural revival to win the seats needed for government” Liam writes: “The general election has given hope to those of us hoping for…

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Sign up to the CA’s Morning Briefing

| Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News, Membership, Membership News, Press Release

The Countryside Alliance sends out a free email news briefing each weekday morning, featuring the top media stories of interest to the UK countryside as well as relevant debates, questions and comments coming out of the UK Parliament and devolved governments. Sign up for the briefing here NB we will endeavour to email the…

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The election results and the countryside

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Countryside Alliance Wales, Food and Farming, Hunting, Latest News, Our Blog, Shooting

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: There is a theory that says the first polls of an election are the best indicator of the final result, and that all the noise and effort of the campaign make next to no difference. You will not hear many people promoting that theory this week. Today’s election…

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