BASC members in Gloucester met their local MP and MEP to discuss shooting issues at a members’ evening organised by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). Julie Girling MEP representing South West England and Gibraltar and Richard Graham MP for Gloucester attended.
BASC members, including trade members and representatives from a local wildfowling club, heard an update on BASC’s current work and took the opportunity to talk to their local MP and MEP.
Julie Girling MEP talked about how she spends her time in the European Parliament, including scrutinising proposed legislation for unintended consequences which might affect shooting.
Julie Girling said: “This was an interesting and informative evening enabling me to talk to BASC members about my work in the European Parliament and how it relates to shooting. These are hugely important issues for the rural community and are of concern for many constituents across the South West.”
Richard Graham MP talked about past and current shooting-related topics in the UK Parliament and how important it is for organisations, members and MPs to work together.
Richard Graham said: “It was great to see shooting and conservation enthusiasts from Gloucester brought together by BASC, including one who has represented his country in competitions. I think members value these updates.”
David Gervers, BASC’s South West regional director, said: “This was an excellent opportunity for BASC members to meet their elected representatives and to discuss the issues which affect them. I would like to thank Julie Girling MEP and Richard Graham MP for taking the time to come and meet us.”