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Answer NRW’s call for evidence on wild bird licensing says BASC
Improvements to livestock worrying legislation welcome news for gamekeepers, says BASC

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has welcomed the announcement that enclosed gamebirds are to be included within enhanced livestock worrying legislation in England and Wales. Listing enclosed gamebirds and increasing police powers for dealing with incidents of livestock worrying are just two parts of a wider Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill introduced… Read more »

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British Army in Afghanistan
PM defends Afghanistan commitment

By staff Nine deaths in as many days among British soldiers in Afghanistan left Gordon Brown on the defensive in L’Aquila, Italy. The prime minister, speaking at the G8 summit as the latest two fatalities were repatriated to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire, insisted the government was providing troops with the equipment they need. “We… Read more »

Martin Salter is chair of the all-party Gurkha rights group
Brown to sort out Gurkha ‘bun-fight’

By Alex Stevenson Only Gordon Brown can resolve Gurkha tensions between the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Labour’s leading campaigner on the issue has said. Martin Salter, who won key concessions from the government before its Commons defeat on the Gurkhas last week, said he was “pleased” the prime minister had taken… Read more »