Tories embrace right to roam

20 November 1998

Tories embrace right to roam

THE Conservative Party is to abandon its opposition to a legal “right to roam” over open countryside.

The move comes as the Government prepares to pass legislation which will overturn centuries of landowners rights.

The Conservatives U-turn on the issue comes after it described the proposals before the last election as a “charter for rural crime”.

But the partys policymakers are likely to have been swayed by opinion poll research which shows that 85% of the public supported the policy.

The Independent, which reports the story, also says the National Farmers Union preparing for right-to-roam legislation, which is expected within three years.

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