28 September 2000
Labour conference latest


Protesters out to overthrow us – Brown
28 September 2000
FARMER protesters who gathered in Brighton this week are simply out to overthrow the Government, claims farm minister Nick Brown.

Meacher makes planning pledge
28 September 2000
AN easing of planning controls for farmers and more affordable rural housing will be included in the forthcoming Rural White Paper, says Michael Meacher.

Meacher wants two-month GM trial alert
27 September 2000
ENVIRONMENT minister Michael Meacher has said that he wants rural communities to be given much greater notification of planned GM crop trials.

RSPB wants 20% subsidy cuts
27 September 2000
A LEADING conservationist has challenged the Government to cut production subsidies by a fifth to boost environmental and rural development.

I’m listening, insists Blair
26 September 2000
TONY Blair says he is listening to farmers anger over the hardship caused by fuel prices – but will not cut taxes at the expense of public services.

Dont ignore rural vote, warns CLA
26 September 2000
A LANDOWNERS leader has warned the Government that, with 300 rural seats up for grabs, it cannot afford to ignore the concerns of country people.

Prescott’s speech – What the papers say
26 September 2000
JOHN PRESCOTTS scathing remarks about pro-hunting protesters at the Labour Party Conference receive prominent coverage in many morning newspapers.

Brown meets protesting farmers
25 September 2000
MOST MPs attending the Labour Party Conference stayed indoors as 2000 demonstrators gathered to protest about the Governments handling of rural issues.

Alliance calls for rural liberty
25 September 2000
THE Countryside Alliance has vowed to fight for liberty in rural areas, including the liberty for farms to operate without unreasonable regulation.

Farmers set out stall at Brighton
25 September 2000
FARMERS have shown the government that they are fighting to help themselves by staging a farmers market on the first day of the Labour Party Conference.

22,000 may leave farming this year
25 September 2000
THE National Farmers Union has warned that job losses in British agriculture could top 22,000 for the second year running.

Labour delegates get the message
25 September 2000
DELEGATES to the Labour Party Conference were given a preview of the concerns of farmers and country sports campaigners as they travelled into Brighton.