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  • The RSPB and shootingThursday, 2 April 2015
    Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes that the RSPB should be working with farmers and land managers for the good of wildlife.
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  • RSPCA drops final case against a huntWednesday, 18 March 2015
    The RSPCA has this week dropped its last prosecution of a hunt. The Society informed Will Bryer of the Cattistock's solicitor that it will not be pursuing its case.
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  • Rock the rural voteWednesday, 4 March 2015
    Take part in our e-lobby of parliamentary candidates ahead of May's General Election, asking for support for the Alliance's manifesto priorities from rural services to food & farming and wildlife management.
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The RSPB and shooting - we must all work together

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Countryside Alliance Campaigns Director Tim Bonner writes: RSPB Director of Conservation Martin Harper was probably surprised by the reaction to the blog he published last week on the RSPB's position on shooting and the proven contribution shooting makes to biodiversity (we are quoted in a Telegraph piece on this story here). After all it was nothing that he, and his predecessors had not said many times before, although they are sentiments that the RSPB has sometimes been keener to express to shooting audiences than to the wider public.

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The law has changed - are you registered to vote?

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The political parties have now launched their election campaigns and the long road to polling day, 7th May, has begun. First and foremost we ask you to ensure you are registered to vote, if you are eligible. NB the law has changed and you may need to re-register. Click here to register (you will need your National Insurance number). The deadline for registration is 20th April. Please also note that postal votes have been proven to yield a higher turnout, so please consider registering for one. Secondly we ask you to email your candidates via our online e-lobby. The e-lobby will take a few moments of your time and will put the Countryside Alliance's General Election Manifesto in front of each candidate, asking them for support of our campaigning priorities.

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Lobby your Parliamentary candidates now!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Countryside Alliance has launched a new campaign asking rural voters to contact their Parliamentary candidates ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Take part here. This online e-lobby reads: "Congratulations on your selection. As a voter in your constituency I wanted to draw your attention to Countryside Alliance's General Election Manifesto and ask you whether you are supportive of the Alliance's manifesto and its campaigns." Please let us know the feedback you get from your candidates - contact election@countryside-alliance.org. You can download our General Election Manifesto here.

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Prime Minister David Cameron

The Prime Minister writes for the Countryside Alliance's Spring magazine

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has written for our Spring magazine ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Mr Cameron's article appears in the magazine alongside articles by Labour Leader Ed Miliband and Liberal Demcrat Leader Nick Clegg - the articles outline each leader's views on the countryside and rural life. Mr Cameron writes: I am proud of our country’s rural identity - and my own rural heritage. Having been brought up in the beautiful village of Peasemore in Berkshire, the countryside is still the place I feel most at home. I’m based in London for most of the week, but feel a noticeable emotional shift when I arrive in West Oxfordshire each Friday. We spend a lot of time outdoors as a family: walking, running, gardening, cycling and riding.

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Nick Clegg writes for the Countryside Alliance magazine

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has written exclusively for the Countryside Alliance's membership magazine ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Mr Clegg joins the Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband in the magazine as each outlines his views on our countryside and the importance of those who live and work there. Mr Clegg writes: Rural Britain is what makes this country the envy of the world. From the beaches of St Ives to the rolling hills of Inverness, we are privileged to have on our doorsteps areas of outstanding natural beauty brimming with wildlife and warm communities who lift your heart whenever you visit. There is no doubt that the British countryside has provided wealth, health and happiness for generations of Brits and tourists.

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Labour leader Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband writes for the Countryside Alliance magazine

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has written for the Countryside Alliance's membership magazine ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Mr Miliband's article appears alongside articles by the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as leaders of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties respectively. All three write about the countryside and its place in national life. Mr Miliband writes:  As someone who represents a constituency with big rural areas, I care deeply about how we improve life for people who live in the countryside. Readers of the Countryside Alliance Magazine know that rural communities are staggeringly diverse but have common needs and aspirations. Under this Government rural communities have faced a cost-of living crisis, a damaging fall in the wholesale dairy price, a low-pay, low-skill economy, and lack the power to make decisions about their future.

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Nigel Farage of UKIP writes for us

UK Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage writes: I was born in Kent, so the way I look at the British countryside is not the way politicians from Notting Hill or North London look at it. I fish and I shoot. Apparently I'm the only party leader who owns his own waders. I'd guess I am the only party leader who knows why the EU demand to ban lead shot is a thoroughly bad idea.

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