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Environment Secretary highlights shooting’s conservation benefits

Environment Secretary George Eustice MP praised the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) for its role in protecting the British countryside during the Conservative Conference in Manchester.   Speaking at a rural reception hosted by BASC and the Angling Trust, Mr Eustice highlighted the conservation that takes place as a direct result of shooting…. Read more »

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‘Red-herring’ firearms survey still requires responses, says BASC

BASC is asking members and the wider shooting community to respond to a firearms licensing survey, despite describing it as a ‘red-herring’. The survey, coordinated by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) on the back of the Plymouth shooting incident, is seeking views on firearms licensing in England and Wales. Questions within the… Read more »

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Home secretary John Reid says new terror bill due in the new year
New terror bill ‘due in new year’

A new counter-terrorism bill will be introduced in the new year, the home secretary has announced, although he warned against “assumptions” about what it may include. The home secretary said he had completed his review of the government’s resources, capability and structure in dealing with the terror threat, and had submitted it to Tony Blair…. Read more »

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David Cameron accuses Gordon Brown of playing politics with terror
Reid and Brown ‘playing football with terror’

The Conservative leader has attacked John Reid and Gordon Brown for “tough guy posturing” and called for a cross-party approach on tackling terrorism. David Cameron accused the home secretary and chancellor of using the issue of national security as a “political football” in their fight for the Labour leadership. “There is no shame in seeking… Read more »