Shooting – at least the Conservatives have a policy?

A widely-circulated article in The Guardian newspaper yesterday featured a report on a “leaked briefing note” which advised Conservative Party candidates “not to sign up to non-approved pledges on nine key areas” in upcoming General Election debates, but that “supporting shooting was allowed”. Not much of a policy, writes Charlie Moores, for the pro-wildlife voter.

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New Podcast: A Birdwatcher in Parliament | Sir John Randall

A life-long birdwatcher, John Randall was a well-respected tour leader for many years and has sat on the RSPB Council. He was also notable for his ornithological references in parliament and his efforts to help young birders and conservationists gain access to the ‘corridors of power’. He became a special environment adviser to then prime-minister Theresa May in 2015. He was knighted in 2014, and in June 2018 was elevated to the House of Lords as Baron Randall of Uxbridge.

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