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Alliance holds successful drop-in session for Parliamentarians

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance held a successful drop-in briefing session for Parliamentarians this week. The event attracted 40 Parliamentarians and researchers, including League Against Cruel Sports Vice President Angela Smith MP, who said “you are the only organisation campaigning on these issues”. The drop-in enabled us to discuss our campaign for better mobile signal in all…

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Innovation fund to boost rural broadband solutions

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

The Countryside Alliance welcomes a £10m project outlined by the Government today (15 January) that will fund innovative ways to improve broadband speeds in remote rural areas. The “competitive fund”, which was first announced in the chancellor’s Autumn statement last December, will open in early 2014 and be used to test broadband solutions aimed specifically…

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Superfast broadband boost for the countryside is announced

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

The extra £250m, announced today by the Government, for superfast broadband to help business start-up and job creation in hard-to-reach areas, is a very welcome boost to rural communities, says Countryside Alliance executive chairman Barney White-Spunner. “Superfast broadband provision in the countryside lags significantly behind that in urban areas,” says Sir Barney. “The Government’s efforts…

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Wildlife debate at the Conservative Party Conference

| Campaigns, Hunting

The Countryside Alliance held its fringe on wildlife management at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Monday 29th September. The panel, chaired by Johnny Heald of polling company ORB International, included Lord de Mauley, Defra minister, Neil Parish MP, Chairman of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare, former Environment Secretary the Rt Hon…

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Wooler report vindicates our concerns over RSPCA prosecution policy

| Campaigns, Hunting

The Countryside Alliance welcomes the arrival of the long-awaited report into the RSPCA’s prosecution strategy by Stephen Wooler, former CPS chief inspector. The report was commissioned in December 2013. Tim Bonner, director of campaigns for the Countryside Alliance said: “Stephen Wooler’s report vindicates our position and accepts nearly every concern that we raised in relation…

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Congratulations to Sir Peter Kendall

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Congratulations to Peter Kendall, former President of the National Farmers Union (NFU), on receiving a Knighthood in the New Years Honours for services to agriculture in England and Wales. Read on for the NFU’s press release. The NFU’s press release reads: Former NFU President Peter Kendall has received a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours…

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