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Countryside Alliance comment on report into firearms licensing by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary

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The Countryside Alliance has responded to today’s report of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, saying that is a welcome contribution to the development of a more effective licensing regime but it fails to acknowledge the considerable work that has been done in recent years, especially the increased involvement of the medical profession in the licensing…

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Tim Bonner takes over as chief executive of the Countryside Alliance

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Tim Bonner  took over as chief executive of Britain’s largest rural campaigning organisation, the Countryside Alliance, at its annual meeting today (15 September).  He succeeds Sir Barney White-Spunner, who spent three and a half years at the head of the 100,000-member organisation. Countryside Alliance chairman, Lord Mancroft, told the meeting at Saddlers Hall in the…

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Reaction to new Shadow Environment Secretary

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On the appointment of Kerry McCarthy MP to the role of Shadow Environment Secretary in Jeremy Corbyn’s cabinet, Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner said: “We look forward to hearing how Ms McCarthy, who is patron of the Vegan society which believes “animal farming is no longer sustainable and severely damaging to the environment” and…

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The Countryside Alliance at the party conferences

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The Countryside Alliance will once again be attending all three of the main national party conferences this autumn. Liberal Democrats: Bournemouth, 19 – 23 September Labour Party: Brighton, 27 – 30 September Conservative Party: Manchester, 4 – 7 October This year’s conferences are the first since the General Election and are particularly important given the…

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The lead shot debate gets even more toxic

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Tim Bonner writes: When it began in 2010 the purpose of the Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) was to report to Defra and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on the risks lead ammunition posed to human and wildlife health and the environment, and to suggest options for managing and communicating those risks. Five years worth of…

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Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomes review of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act

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As part of its newly-published Programme for Scotland, the Scottish Government has undertaken to review the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act to “ensure that it is providing the necessary level of protection for foxes and other wild mammals, while at the same time allowing effective and humane control where necessary”. Scottish Countryside Alliance director…

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“Rural Policing Matters” campaign launched

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On 1st September Farming News online reported: Julia Mulligan, Chair of the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) and Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, has today launched the Network’s ‘rural policing matters’ campaign. The piece continued “Research from the NRCN, which will be released next month, shows trust in policing is much lower than…

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