Henry | 11.10.2004 09:08
‘Fight Prejudice – Fight the Ban’ Campaign launched in Parliament Square.
Picket outside Downing Street.
Tony Blair visited at home in Trimdon by demonstrators.
Tony Blair blockaded in Chequers by demonstrators. He later meets two of them and says he hopes a “compromise can be reached”.
50 ‘NO BAN’ beacons blaze across the countryside.
Demonstration in Parliament Square – 20,000 people attend at five days notice.
Tony Blair, at Leeds Castle, says: “We sought a compromise. Unfortunately it was rejected in the Commons and the Lords. We’ll have to find a way through.”
Alun Michael cancels visit to Peak District.
Alun Michael cancels visit to Dorset.
Demonstrators meet Alun Michael in Exeter.
Farmers announce they may stop MOD training on their land in the event of ban.
Peter Hain blockaded at home by demonstrators. A delegation later meet Mr Hain.
Labour Conference Demonstration, Brighton – 10,000 people attend.
John Grogan (anti-MP) blockaded in surgery by demonstrators.
Ben Bradshaw ‘greeted’ by members and supporters at Billingsgate Market.
John Prescott met by protestors in Durham.
Ben Bradshaw and Candy Atherton met by protests in Cornwall…and we’ll see you on Dartmoor Ben.
And also since 9th September…
2,552 new members join the Countryside Alliance.
30,000 ‘Fight Prejudice – Fight the Ban’ correx boards distributed and erected around the countryside.
Sir Sydney Kentridge QC (lawyer who successfully defended Nelson Mandela), to lead the challenge to the validity of the Parliament Act.
Countryside Alliance receives support for its campaign from all major land use and rural organisations.
Conservative Party pledge to introduce a Government Bill to reverse any hunt ban.
Thousands of pro-hunting letters in the national, regional and local press.
Regional, national and international press coverage exceeds 1,100 pages.
Countryside Alliance website becomes the top ranked UK politics website beating the usual market leader The Guardian, as well as outstripping US political sites.