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Countryside - Djanogly Joins March


23rd September 2002

Last Sunday, Jonathan Djanogly, Member of Parliament for the Huntingdon Constituency, joined 400,000 marchers in London on the Countryside Alliance 'Liberty and Livelihood' March.

Last Sunday, Jonathan Djanogly, Member of Parliament for the Huntingdon Constituency, joined 400,000 marchers in London on the Countryside Alliance 'Liberty and Livelihood' March.

Mr Djanogly said:

"Sunday's march, the biggest to have taken place in our capital, was a memorable and important occasion for all those who took part and for our country as a whole.

In reality, it was much more than just a pro-hunting demonstration - it was a massive public expression of the countryside's dissatisfaction with this Government's contempt for and neglect of countryside life, values and infrastructure.

The issues on which we marched are ones that concern everyday life in my constituency and matters, which I am repeatedly speaking on in Parliament. Labour's shifting of Council funding from the counties to the metropolitan boroughs; their commands from Whitehall to cover over fields in concrete, with no thought as to related implications for new roads, schools and health facilities; their lack of concern and funding over flooding, rural crime and rural infrastructure. Our farming communities have been devestated by animal disease and an outdated subsidy system - issues which this Government continuously avoid facing up to, whilst failing to stand up for British agriculture in Europe.

On hunting itself - there is no argument that foxes need to be controlled - the question is how. The evidence shows clearly that an invariably quick cull by hounds is more humane than snaring, gassing or shooting. But if hunting goes, then so will thousands of jobs, countryside skills and yet another part of our nation's heritage.

This is a Government that cares nothing for our country's history and little for individual choice or liberty. They claim to support minority interests but think nothing of destroying the heritage and culture of the British countryside, which is New Labour's Britain, is now itself very much an ignored minority - they are culture vandals.

So that is why I joined the march and also one good reason why I and my Party shall continue to oppose the Government."



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