"We are facing the most serious threat to country sports for 20 years with both hunting and shooting facing direct political attack for the first time"
- Rt Hon Nick Herbert, Chairman Countryside Alliance
This week the Countryside Alliance launched their General Election Campaign. Following on from their meeting in No. 10 Downing Street, the team contacted selected candidates and asked them their views on priorities in the countryside.
We have asked each candidate the pledge their support for:
- Delivering full digital connectivity to the countryside by 2025.
- Mandatory country of origin food labelling to ensure a level playing field for British farmers after we leave the EU.
- Tackling crime in rural areas by introducing fair funding for rural policing.
- Opposing unjustified restrictions on firearms and punitive increases in the cost of licences.
- Making Post Offices the front office of government through the expansion of personal and business banking services, so protecting a vital service to rural communities.
- Taking an evidence-based approach to wildlife and environmental management, opposing any further restrictions on legitimate rural activities such as hunting, shooting and fishing.
After the candidates have informed us of their position, we will inform members and supporters what each candidate's position is.
The next Parliament must take rural issues seriously and support our rural communities. It is crucial that we know who we are voting for, and that when elected they will stand up for the countryside in Parliament.
Here at the Countryside Alliance we are seeking to inform members and supporters, so that they can make an informed choice about candidates and make sure their voices are heard.