Cross-party sup­port for angling at Con­fer­ence

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - News & Views -

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.

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