Campaigns

Rural voters feel sidelined

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: Sixty-four per cent of people living in the countryside do not believe that the Coalition Government’s policies are helping rural Britain, research for the Countryside Alliance has shown. Nearly three quarters of them (73%) think politicians are more interested in the views and values of city dwellers, especially…

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The hunting season draws to a close

| Campaigns, Hunting

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: “As the weather warms up and the hunting season comes to an end, the future looks bright and hunting is in good heart. Certainly a glance at the media recently has reflected this. The tenth anniversary of the implementation of the Hunting Act across England and Wales saw…

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Gamekeepers and other non-agricultural occupants of tied housing – a survey

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

For the gamekeeper being made redundant, retiring, or simply losing their job due to circumstance, housing is usually the most important concern. Harrison Riddle, a keeper’s son, has drawn up a short questionnaire on the subject as part of his dissertation at Harper Adams University. We join the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust in supporting this study…

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FACE: EC aims at wrong target

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

FACE press release: Instead of focusing on illegal activities with firearms and making full use of existing EU rules on legal firearms, the European Commission plans a full review of these rules. The Commission argues that this change is needed since “legally owned weapons in the EU continue to feed the illegal market” and attempts…

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Updating you on our work in Europe

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: I was in Brussels last week at a meeting of European fieldsports body, FACE, of which the Countryside Alliance is an active member. I am honoured to be FACE’s UK Chairman and to represent British sporting interests at the highest level and I can feed back some interesting…

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BBC Online: Did fox hunting disappear?

| Campaigns, Hunting

On Tuesday 10th February the BBC website published a feature to mark ten years since the Hunting Act came into force in England and Wales. The piece, entitled “Did fox hunting disappear?” quotes the Alliance, Gerald Sumner of the Kimblewick Hunt and Professor Gary Marvin, as well as the opposition who, incredibly, maintain that the…

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