Alliance marches in Exeter

1 November 1999

Alliance marches in Exeter

MORE than 20,000 supporters of the Countryside Alliance gathered in Exeter yesterday (Subday) in the latest demonstration in support of hunting.

Baroness Mallalieu, the Alliances president, calls for an independent inquiry into the economic consequences of banning hunting with hounds.

Demonstrators brandished “Back off, Blair” and hunt banners as they paraded through the town centre, singing Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.

Other protests have attracted 12,000 people in Birmingham, 19,000 in Newcastle and 11,000 in Norwich.

A petition calling on the government to reject legislation criminalising hunting will be presented before the Queens Speech on 17 November.

The Conservative Party will also be seeking the countryside vote when it launches a campaign against proposals to build thousands of homes on greenfield sites across England.

Shadow environment spokesman John Redwood has already called on the environment minister John Prescott to say the government would not endorse plans set out in a panel report last month

This calls for doubling the number of homes built in the south east over the next 16 years.

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