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Manifesto for Angling receives cross party support

07.06.17

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Chief Executive Mark Lloyd (left) and Campaigns Chief Martin Salter (right) with Charles Walker, chairman of the All Party Angling Group at Westminster, pictured promoting an earlier campaign

The Angling Trust's Manifesto for Angling - published last week - has prompted strong cross party pledges from Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative parties to support angling in the next Parliament.


The Conservatives promised: "The Conservative Party will continue to support angling and the numerous benefits – economic, environmental, social and health – it brings to communities and individuals alike. We are committed to being the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it and we will work with the angling community, harnessing its expertise and passion, to achieve this."

The Liberal Democrats said: "We are proud of our angling communities and our fisheries and will do what we can to protect and promote them. Their benefits to health and wellbeing, our sense of community and our economy are huge.”

Labour pledged: "Labour is strongly in support of fully transferring all the important EU environmental protections and we will oppose any attempts to weaken them once we have left the European Union. We welcome the publication of the 2017 Manifesto for Angling and will continue to work closely with the Angling Trust as we have done since your formation in 2009."

Angling Trust Chief Executive Mark Lloyd welcomed the cross party commitment, saying: “We are delighted that all three of the main parties have responded positively and substantively to our Manifesto for Angling which demonstrates the political influence of the angling community as voters.

"Over the eight years since the Angling Trust was formed, we have substantially increased recognition of the importance of angling to the environment, the economy, individuals and communities. We will be holding the next government to these promises to guarantee anglers’ rights and pressing them to do everything possible to protect fish stocks from a wide range of threats."

Angling Trust Campaigns Chief Martin Salter added: "Anglers can go to the polls tomorrow safe in the knowledge that whichever party forms the next government they have given a cast iron commitment to protect the sport we all love. This is the benefit of having a strong and credible governing body with influence in Westminster that gets taken seriously."

The 2017 Manifesto for Angling covers the following key areas:
  • A Brexit for fish and fishing
  • Responsible management of water
  • Recognition, Promotion and Access to Angling
  • Environment fit for fish and wildlife
Download a copy of the 2017 Manifesto for Angling

Here are the full responses from the Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative parties to support angling in the next Parliament:

Labour

Labour has always been a strong and steadfast supporter of anglers' rights and recognises the huge value and enjoyment that the sport brings to millions of people. We were the first political party to publish a Charter for Angling and we believe that it is important that young people have the maximum opportunity to enjoy healthy outdoor pursuits.

Angling makes a big contribution to ensuring that our rivers, seas, lakes and canals remain in a healthy state and are looked after and protected. Recreational sea angling is of particular economic importance to many coastal communities and we want to see a much fairer allocation of marine resources as part of the Brexit process. Labour is also strongly in support of fully transferring all the important EU environmental protections and we will oppose any attempts to weaken them once we have left the European Union.

Finally we welcome the publication of the 2017 Manifesto for Angling and will continue to work closely with the Angling Trust as we have done since your formation in 2009.

Sue Hayman - Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment

Conservative

The Conservative Party recognises the huge enjoyment that angling brings to millions of people across the country and the fact that it is one of our most accessible sports.

Anglers not only make a significant contribution to the economy – around £3.5 billion a year – but they are the eyes and ears of our rivers and wider water environment, undertaking habitat restoration, clearing up litter and monitoring the health of our fish stocks. Every year, angling clubs and their members undertake valuable work restoring some of our most precious habitats such as our wonderful chalk streams.

We are committed to being the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it and we will work with the angling community, harnessing its expertise and passion, to achieve this. The Conservative Party will continue to support angling and the numerous benefits – economic, environmental, social and health – it brings to communities and individuals alike.

David Beckingham - Conservative Campaign Headquarters

Lib Dems

We celebrate the enjoyment that recreational fishing brings to the millions of anglers across the UK and recognise its contribution not only to our environment, but also to our economy and our society. Rural and urban people alike enjoy the sport, which offers a great way to connect with nature.

In the light of Brexit, protecting our waters for both recreational and commercial fishing is vital. Fishing rights should not be used as bargaining chips against other policy areas in the Brexit negotiations. Liberal Democrats would defend and maintain our fishing industry and work with the industry and other stakeholders to develop a national plan for sustainable fisheries.

We would also protect and restore England’s lakes, rivers and wetlands, including through reform of water management and higher water-efficiency standards. We would support marine life by establishing a ‘blue belt’ of protected marine areas.  We are proud of our angling communities and our fisheries and will do what we can to protect and promote them. Their benefits to health and wellbeing, our sense of community and our economy are huge.

Ed Davey - Liberal Democrat Campaign Spokesperson and candidate in Kingston and Surbiton

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