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BASC: Labour renews commitment to shooting sports.

The three government ministers responsible for shooting sports renewed the Labour Party's commitment to support shooting at the Rural Reception at the Labour conference in Bournemouth this week.

The reception, hosted by BASC and the Fisheries and Angling Conservation Trust (FACT), is an annual event at party conference.

Gerry Sutcliffe MP, the Minister for Sport, pledged that the Labour Party would continue to support shooting and fishing which he said played an important part in the lives of 5 million people in the UK.

Vernon Coaker MP, the Home Office Minister responsible for firearms legislation, made the distinction between legal and illegal firearms and said that the steps being taken to tackle the criminal use of guns would not penalise those who use legal firearms for sport.

Jonathan Shaw MP, the Minister for Rural Affairs, pledged the government to work with those who shoot and fish on the issues facing their sports. John Swift, chief executive of BASC and Jim Glasspool, chairman of FACT also spoke highlighting the important contribution made by both sports to rural life, conservation and recreation.

The speeches were introduced by Martin Salter MP, a vice-chair of the Labour Party and the backbench spokesman on shooting and fishing, who gave a personal commitment to review the party's charters on shooting and fishing.

The reception was attended by party delegates, prospective parliamentary candidates and representatives of other organisations with interests in rural affairs including Dr. Stuart Burgess, the chairman of the Commission for Rural Communities and Number 10's Rural Advocate.


Photos of the rural reception are available, for more details please contact the BASC press office on 01244 573031

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