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Sir Barney White-Spunner discusses lead shot in Shooting Times

| Latest News, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation, Uncategorised

Former Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman, Sir Barney White-Spunner, has written in the latest Shooting Times (27th July) magazine his thoughts on the recent decision by Defra to reject the LAG report. The article which can be read below follows the Countryside Alliance long-term policy and we thank Shooting Times and Sir Barney for allowing us…

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Alliance statement on the Natural England grant of Buzzard Licence

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“The Countryside Alliance has always supported the principle that a species should be managed according to its local population status and impact on economic and conservation activities, not according to public perception. Many species are already culled under a number of different licences. Shooting provides immense conservation, economic and social benefits, and in some places…

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Countryside Alliance asks Labour leadership candidates their priorities for rural Britain

| Communities and Business, Countryside Alliance Wales, Food and Farming, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband, Our Blog, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

At this important time for the countryside, following the vote to leave the European Union, rural communities are looking for clear leadership and direction. As part of this Labour leadership campaign we have invited the Labour leadership candidates Jeremy Corbyn MP and Owen Smith MP to set out their priorities for rural Britain.   Below…

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Countryside Alliance supports greater competition in the broadband market if it delivers connectivity to the countryside

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband, Press Release

Ofcom has today (26 July 2016) announced plans to make digital communications work for everyone including major reform of Openreach, the network division of BT. The Countryside Alliance is fully supportive of a competitive broadband market and we have always said that the Government and Ofcom need to put consumers at the heart of their…

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Alliance asks for BBC Trust decision

| Latest News, Shooting

Chief Executive, Tim Bonner, writes: Last September I wrote about an article by Chris Packham in BBC Wildlife magazine in which, amongst other things, he labelled everyone involved in traditional land management, hunting and shooting as “the nasty brigade”. As I pointed out then the BBC has editorial guidelines which state that its presenters should…

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Countryside Alliance welcomes Defra Minister Therese Coffey’s support for a new snaring Code of Practice

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Today Labour MP Jim Dowd led a House of Commons debate on banning the manufacture, sale, possession and use of snares. The highlight was new Defra Minister Therese Coffey’s robust response and commitment to a new stakeholder-led Code of Practice. Unfortunately, the debate also saw Labour adopt a new position on snaring, with recently appointed…

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Alliance concern as Parliament warns of broadband under-investment

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband, Press Release

In a report published today (19 July 2016) “Establishing world-class connectivity throughout the UK” Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee warns of the challenge of delivering broadband to the final five percent of premises and says BT is “significantly under investing” in Openreach. This finding is disappointing for rural residents and businesses, says the…

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