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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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Lib Dem donor found guilty
Lib Dem donor found guilty

The Liberal Democrat’s biggest donor, Michael Brown, has been found guilty of theft. Brown, 42, was accused of nine charges, including fraud and money laundering. He denied all charges. “We took that money in good faith,” Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg told the BBC. “It’s recognised we did all the due diligence checks we could… Read more »

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Lib Dems call for small business lending
Lib Dems call for small business lending

The Liberal Democrats are calling on the government to lend directly to small businesses to protect millions of jobs through the downturn. Leader Nick Clegg told the BBC the government should lend directly to struggling firms through the Post Office, local authorities or by creating a new bank. Nationalised banks such as Northern Rock should… Read more »