03 March 1999
Blair to name landowner as rural chief
TONY BLAIR is set to enrage ramblers and his own backbenchers party by appointing a big landowner as the governments new countryside chief.
Ewen Cameron will be a controversial choice because he has a record of opposition to the right to roam, a manifesto commitment of the government.
Mr Cameron is a Somerset farmer and a former president of the Country Landowners Association.
More than 45 Labour MPs have signed a Commons motion claiming Mr Cameron planted potatoes across a public footpath on his Somerset farm.
His appointment is also likely to meet objections from Michael Meacher, the environment minister, who will reveal right-to-roam legislation next week.
- Four out of five back right to roam, FWi,15 February, 1999
- Labour reneges on right to roam, FWi,10 February, 1999
- Financial Times 03/03/99 page 20
- The Guardian 03/03/99 page 2