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Chancellor must support rural businesses in the Budget

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Last November we welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement in the autumn statement that the threshold for small business rate relief would be doubled from £6,000 to £12,000 from April this year. Unfortunately, however, it is now clear that the benefits of the increased threshold will be far outweighed by revaluation…

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CPS accused of giving into “mob rule” as court case backed by flimsy evidence is dismissed

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Our Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: We were very pleased that Ledbury huntsman Mark Melladay was cleared of assault charges last week after he was prosecuted on the basis of malicious allegations made by a well-known animal rights extremist (read the Telegraph’s report). Mark should not, however, have even been in court and this case,…

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Charles Jardine’s London Marathon blog: Week 1

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There are just over two months to go until the Virgin Money London Marathon on 23 April and F4S founder and director Charles Jardine has been battling the elements – and a nasty cold – in his bid to raise more than £1,000 for Fishing 4 Schools. Here’s the first of his weekly catch-ups. “I’m…

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Our campaigns in 2017 and beyond

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Our Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: The Alliance spends a lot of time challenging deeply ingrained stereotypical assumptions about rural communities with, if we are honest, mixed results. There remain many people with fixed, seemingly unshiftable, but totally erroneous perceptions of rural life. Unfortunately, one of the reasons that many are so determined to retain…

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Our Chief Executive Tim Bonner on the RSPB and Shooting

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Our Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes:  The RSPB does a huge amount of work which we can all support, and all of us with the interests of the countryside at heart should be able to support the Society unequivocally. Concerns have, however, increasingly been expressed about the RSPB’s attitude towards shooting and whether its public…

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Countryside Alliance holds Packham to account over misleading tweets

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Countryside Alliance Head of Shooting Liam Stokes writes: Last night (8th January), BBC presenter Chris Packham fallaciously told his many thousands of social media followers that the UK’s declining population of lapwings is being shot, and as such people should sign his anti-shooting petition. At the time of writing the post and its attendant link…

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The magic of Boxing Day meets

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Our Head of Hunting Polly Portwin writes: There are probably no two households that follow the same routine over the festive period however most families have their own traditions, many of which have been passed on through the generations. Whether it be attending the local pantomime, going to church on Christmas Eve, visiting family members…

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The end of a glorious grouse shooting season

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Our Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: The 2016 grouse season, a successful one in many parts by all accounts, may have closed last week, but we are reaching what many people would consider the prime of the shooting season. The leaves are off the trees, the pheasants well grown, and migrant wildfowl and waders have…

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