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Welsh conservation efforts set back by NRW red tape

BASC has described a decision by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to restrict the ability of conservationists and wildlife managers to control magpies, jays and jackdaws as a retrograde blow for conservation. From July 1, those who wish to control magpies, jays and jackdaws to protect species of conservation concern must now apply for a specific… Read more »

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New firearms licensing database can “significantly improve the service”, says BASC

The announcement that the Home Office has begun tendering for a system to replace England and Wales’ firearms licensing database has been received enthusiastically by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). First reported in The Register, the pre-procurement notice will start the process of replacing the National Firearms Licence… Read more »

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‘All MPs should send their children to state schools’

By politics.co.uk staff MPs are duty-bound to send their children to state schools, according to the chairman of the Commons education and skills committee. Writing in today’s Fabian Review, Barry Sheerman, MP for Huddersfield, said party leaders should set an example with their children. “Elected representatives in public office should lead by example and send… Read more »

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Michael Gove wants apology from Ed Balls over evidence error
Balls ‘should apologise’ over exam chief row

By Alex Stevenson The Conservatives have demanded Ed Balls apologise for giving misleading evidence relating to last summer’s Sats fiasco. It follows controversial evidence to MPs yesterday from Ken Boston, the head of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), who resigned in December over the failure to deliver results in time to over one million… Read more »