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BASC respond to the England Deer Strategy

Following the publication of the England Deer Management Strategy, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) head of deer management Martin Edwards said: “The government’s commitment to tackling the growing deer population in the UK is commendable. However, it will only succeed if it has the support of every deer manager, the majority of… Read more »

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Northern Ireland Police Service declares Firearms and Explosives Branch “critical incident”

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has declared a “critical incident” due to protracted backlogs of applications within its firearms licensing department.  A critical incident is defined as “Any incident where the effectiveness of the police response is likely to have a significant impact on the confidence of the victim, their family or the community”. The… Read more »

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Explained – The UK’s new wind power strategy

After the government revealed its long-awaited energy strategy this week, there is a notable push for new offshore wind capacity. Ministers hope the new plans will generate up to 50 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030. But why is the government still reluctant to commit to onshore wind power? Chris Lomas breaks down the… Read more »

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Political Agenda – Claire Hanna MP

Claire Hanna, the MP for South Belfast, is described as the SDLP’s “strongest asset”. Hanna, who self-describes herself as grounded in the “concept of working in the common ground”, is attempting to usher Northern Ireland away from the “the political toxicity” Brexit has created in the country. In this week’s edition of the Political Agenda,… Read more »