The first coalition Government since 1945 has been broadly welcomed by shooting and other fieldsports-related bodies. First impressions of the new Conservative/Liberal Democrat administration are that ministers will be more receptive to the concerns of country people, have a better understanding of rural issues and will attempt to cut rural red tape and reverse unpopular legislation.

BASC’s pre-election online campaign revealed that 252 of the 290 newly elected MPs who responded were largely supportive of shooting and only six said they were opposed to the sport. Welcoming this support among new MPs BASC’s director of communications Christopher Graffius said: “We aim to build broad all-party support for shooting. BASC and its members will be seeking out MPs who have not yet expressed their views on shooting and will target those who declared themselves to be unsure or under-informed about shooting, its conservation benefits and contribution to the economy.”

The rest of this article appears in 19th May issue of Shooting Times.

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