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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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Consensus elusive for elderly care reforms
Acrimony sours elderly care debate

By Alex Stevenson Prospects for cross-party talks on reforming elderly care in England and Wales diminished over the weekend as the media glare hardened negotiating positions. Health secretary Andy Burnham and his Conservative and Liberal Democrat shadows Andrew Lansley and Norman Lamb appeared together on BBC1’s The Politics Show to discuss the state of their… Read more »

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Tory poster attacking death tax followed cross-party talks
Mandy attacks Cameron’s death tax ‘wrecking ball’

By Alex Stevenson Peter Mandelson has intervened in the ‘death tax’ debate by calling David Cameron’s alleged decision to cut off cross-party talks “contemptible”. It follows shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley’s denial that he walked out of talks on reforming social care because the Conservative leader told him to. Mr Lansley launched a ‘death tax’… Read more »