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Countryside Alliance welcome Ofcom’s measures to boost full-fibre broadband

| Campaigns, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband

Ofcom has announced today (Friday 23 February) that more UK homes are set to benefit from ultrafast internet speeds after Ofcom has decided to halve the upfront cost of building ‘full-fibre’ broadband networks. Full-fibre broadband is currently only available to just 3% of UK homes and offices. Ofcom’s announcement to increase investment in full fibre…

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New faces in vital rural leadership

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: This week saw the arrival of two new faces in vital rural leadership roles. There can have been few moments in modern history when farming, and the rural communities that are shaped by it, has faced a challenge as great as Brexit. The new NFU President, Minette Batters,…

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Countryside Alliance submits evidence to the DCMS Select Committee inquiry

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes the inquiry into the social impact of participation in sport by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and has submitted written evidence on the positive role rural sports can contribute to social mobility, education, health, and community engagement. The main focus of our evidence highlighted how taking part in…

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Wessex Water Challenge: Charles Jardine’s training blog – Week two – A press launch, a UK record and a death wish!

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Charles Jardine, the founder and director of the Fishing for Schools initiative, undertakes his greatest challenge yet, on 10/11 March – the #WessexWaterChallenge. This 24-hour event will see 65-year-old Charles fish at three Wessex Water Reservoirs and run the 60 miles between them, all in the space of a day. You can sponsor him here On Wednesday…

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Labour’s priorities at odds with countryside

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Yesterday the Labour Party launched a consultation on an ‘Animal Welfare Plan’ which says that it will “make sure that the UK has equal and better animal rights across the world (sic)”. This conflation of animal welfare and animal rights is backed up by a list of proposed…

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Labour ignores rural priorities

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The Countryside Alliance has raised concerns about Labour’s Animal Welfare Plan published on 14 February. The Plan contains 50 policies for wild, farmed, and domestic animals, including for the first time policies to restrict game shooting and a commitment to ‘strengthen’ the Hunting Act. The Countryside Alliance will be responding to these proposals as part…

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Shooting community reacts strongly to failing firearms licensing service

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Thousands of Countryside Alliance members and supporters have played their part in contacting over 500 MPs regarding the chaotic and failing firearms licensing medical procedure. The Countryside Alliance is calling for a fair and consistent firearms licensing service and we are grateful for all those who participated in our eLobby, allowing our concerns to be…

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Vegan propaganda turns nasty

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: If people wish to not eat meat or to use animal products that is entirely their choice and one which I am sure we all respect. For some time, however, it has been clear that many who make that choice do not have similar respect for the dietary…

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