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    The General Election Agricultural and Rural Pledges

    NewsFriday 17 April 2015
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    The General Election of 2015

     

    This is our guide to help you make the right decision for you when voting for your favoured party in this years general election. We will be covering all things countryside.

     

    This year’s election has a strong focus on rural affairs and agricultural funding giving us the power to make a difference. Our job is to listen to what the parties can offer us as a collective, will their pledges meet our needs?

     

    The main parties have now released their manifestos ahead of the General Election on the 7th of May. We have outlined the points from each party that will have an affect on wildlife management, countryside funding and agricultural and rural affairs.

     

    The Conservative party focus on the hunting act and working to improve agricultural life and how investing in rural affairs can affect everybody positively.

    Main pledges

    • Invest £2.3 billion in over 1,400 flood defence schemes to protect 300,000 homes

    • Work to improve and simplify the Common Agriculture Policy

    • Hold a free vote on repealing the Hunting Act

    • Provide near-universal superfast broadband by 2020 and secure the future of 3,000 rural Post Offices

    • Implement 25 year strategy to eradicate bovine TB

    • Protect hunting, shooting and fishing

    • Give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote with a government bill in government time

    • Spend £3 billion from Common Agricultural Policy to clean up rivers and lakes, protect stonewalls and hedges and help bees

    • Ensure that public forests and woodland are kept in trust for the nation

    The Green Party plan to end the badger cull are fighting towards protecting animals and preventing animal testing. Voting Green would mean you are voting to sustain organic agriculture.

     

    Main pledges

    • End the badger cull

    • End factory farming and animal testing and improve protection for animals

    • Work towards replacing the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy

    • Support organic agriculture, sustainable land management and the organic food market

    • Maintain and strengthen the ban on hunting with dogs to include a ban on all hunting of animals for sport or pleasure

    • End the practice of grouse shooting and other sport shooting

    • Establish a Commission on Animal Protection to review a broad range of animal welfare matters

    A vote for Labour would mean an end to the badger cull. The party also want to ensure that public woodland remains under public ownership. Labour want to protect food producers who are often pushed aside from the unfair practices of big supermarkets.

    Main pledges

    • Bring off-grid energy under the remit of an energy regulator

    • Protect food producers from unfair practices by big supermarkets

    • Create world-leading food, farm and fisheries sector

    • End the badger cull

    • End the Government’s ‘cruel and ineffective’ badger cull

    • Defend the Hunting ban and deal with ‘wildlife crime associated with shooting’

    • End the subsidy of firearms licences

    • Undertake an independent review on how to end the persecution of birds of prey, prevent non- target animals getting trapped in snares and ensure humane treatment of game birds

    • Keep woodland in public ownership

    UKIP-ers plan to abolish the export of live animals for slaughter. The part will also give the British Parliament a vote on genetically modified foods.

    Main pledges

    • Leave the Common Agricultural Policy and replace it with a single payment for farms

    • Give the British Parliament a vote on GM foods

    • More informative food labelling

    • Abolish the export of live animals for slaughter

    The Liberal Democrats stand to pledge a complete rollout of high speed broadband to 99.99% of homes. They are working towards improving the restoration of habitats of bees and other wildlife.

    Main pledges

    • Science-led approach to combating bovine TB, including vaccination

    • Work to restore habitats for bees and other wildlife

    • Complete the coastal path and enhance the "right to roam"

    • Complete the rollout of high speed broadband to 99.9% of homes

    • Introduce effective, science-led ways of controlling bovine TB and only support the existing cull pilots if they are shown to be effective, humane and safe

    • Implement the findings of the Independent Panel on Forestry, creating a new public body to manage the national forests

    After reading and taking into account the main pledges from each party are you any wiser of who you are going to vote for in May? Your vote affects us all.

     

    We hope we have helped you make a decision, please let us know which policies you like and tell us why.

     

    Reference to Countryside Alliance and BBC Policy Guide

     
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