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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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BBC faces pay pressure from the government
Hunt: BBC must be ‘on same planet’

By politics.co.uk staff Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has suggested the BBC needs to go further on top executives’ and stars’ pay packages. Recent moves to publish details of the latter without confirming the precise salaries of the corporation’s top talent would have to go further when it comes to next year’s negotiations for the licence… Read more »

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BBC denies misbalanced reporting over Taliban 'retreat' jibe
Tory MP uneasy as BBC ‘spreads Taliban propaganda’

By Alex Stevenson The BBC has jumped to defend itself after a Conservative MP accused it of giving Taliban statements disproportionately high prominence. Reporting of defence secretary Liam Fox’s statement to the Commons on Afghanistan yesterday saw the Taliban attempt to paint Britain’s withdrawal from the Sangin area as a ‘retreat’. Tory MP David Tredinnick… Read more »