Cross-party support for angling at Conference
THE Angling Trust was lobbying at all the big-three beanfeasts, during the recent political party conference season. In partnership with the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), Trust representatives attended the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats conferences to speak about the importance of angling at a series of specially organised Rural Receptions, attended by ministers and shadow ministers, MPs, councillors and party delegates. “I fully appreciate the contribution made by shooting and fishing to rural and coastal life,” said Baroness Cathy Bakewell, the LibDems’ Lords spokesperson on environment, food and rural affairs. Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, Sue Hayman MP, applauded the work of both organisations saying: “Both BASC and the AT carry out vital conservation work. We want people to be able to continue to enjoy shooting and angling while promoting conservation, biodiversity and protecting our environment.” The Trust reports that a similar message was delivered to the Conservative Conference by government minister Mark Spencer.