Hunting in Scotland – Jedforest trial

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29th June 2017: Jedforest Hunt Master and Huntsman Clive and Johnny Richardson have been found guilty of an offence under the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 after an extended trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court. Employees of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) had covertly filmed members of the Jedforest foxhounds on land surrounding…

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Defra Ministers – responsibilities and contact details

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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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Remembering Clarissa at 70

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Saturday 24th March would have been the 70th birthday of Clarissa Dickson Wright, one half of the popular cooking duo Two Fat Ladies (the other half being the late Jennifer Paterson) and dynamic, outspoken cook, rural champion and passionate defender of our way of life. Her untimely death in March 2015 meant she never saw…

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The Countryside Alliance at 20 – join the celebration

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The Countryside Alliance is marking its 20th anniversary by asking supporters for their photographs and anecdotes from the ground breaking Hyde Park Rally. On 10th July 1997 120,000 people attended a rally in Hyde Park which was organised in response to the new Labour government’s commitment to banning hunting. The Countryside Alliance as an organisation…

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“I was a candidate in an urban seat. And I can tell you that it did no real damage to our support”, Alliance Media Relations Manager writes for Conservative Home

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The Media Relations Manager for the Alliance, Tom Hunt, has written for the Conservative Home website about his experience as a candidate in the General Election and new research that has been published by the leading polling company, ORB International. Tom Hunt refers to polling which demonstrates that, contrary to certain news stories, hunting as…

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The election results and the countryside

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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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Hunt to protect hens – letter in the Telegraph

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The Daily Telegraph published a letter on 7th June 2017 entitled “Hunt to protect hens”. The letter expresses the practical impacts of the Hunting Act and will be of interest to everyone who loves the countryside. SIR We live in a tiny hamlet in North Yorkshire, and the Zetland Hunt kennels are in the next…

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Jim Barrington on Conservative Home: Why advocates of the Hunting Act are running scared of repeal

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Jim Barrington is a former Executive Director of the League Against Cruel Sports. He is now an animal welfare consultant to Countryside Alliance, Council of Hunting Associations and the All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group. He has written for Conservative Home on the hunting issue, beginning: “The sight of John Prescott, with his leader Jeremy…

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Labour Party Manifesto – rural policies

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The Labour Party has launched its Manifesto (16th 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…

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