Archive for April 7, 2010

The General Election

It would be difficult to not have noticed that the General Election was called yesterday, and the country will go to the polls on Thursday 6th May; four weeks tomorrow. Since the announcement of the election, we’ve had a noticeable upsurge in emails and calls from press and supporters asking what our plans are for the election period.

Of course, some confusion has been caused by the publication last week of the Charity Commission’s report on what they deemed to be political campaigning by the League. Some believe this means we now cannot do any political campaigning, which is far from the truth.

Today, our Head of Campaigns is heading over to Carmarthenshire in west Wales for a meeting of our local group there. He’ll be telling them about our plans for the election period, and how they can help. Tomorrow he’ll be interviewed for a Welsh news programme on the forthcoming election.

Last week and this week, leaflets for our Keep Cruelty History campaign have been falling through letterboxes in the Exeter parliamentary constituency inserted in a local magazine. This week we are talking to a handful of key supporters around the country, to give them details of some very exciting campaign plans we have for the next few weeks. And next week we’ll send out the first of our weekly campaign newsletters which will engage our tens of thousands of campaigning supporters in active work in support of the Keep Cruelty History campaign.

In short, there’s lots happening. When the Countryside Alliance said last week that they were looking forward to a “period of silence” from the League in the run up to the election, it was clearly wishful thinking!

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Image of the Day – 138

Some politicians are talking about repeal of the Hunting Act and a return to fox hunting. They don’t say much about the return to stag hunting and hare coursing that would come with it.

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