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League briefing on National Trust resolution

14 October 2009

The only members’ resolution before the Natioanl Trust's AGM this year has been placed by members of the League. We are asking the Trust to publish details of the dates and times of hunts which have been granted permission to trail hunt on their land. This will help our Observers and the police in monitoring the activities of hunts and to ensure that they are acting within the law. The League isencouraging all National Trust membersto support the resolution on sporting activities.

Each year a group that calls itself Friends of the National Trust (FONT) advises Trust members on which candidates they would like to see elected to serve on the Trust’s Council. The group was founded in 1998 by Charles Collins, Richard Clegg QC, Baroness Ann Mallalieu QC and Tim Cassell QC over concerns that the Trust had departed from what they believed was its original purpose – to preserve and conserve the nation’s heritage. However it is the League’s belief, borne out by the group’s opposition to the 1997 ban on stag hunting on Trust land, that FONT is little more than a pro-bloodsports pressure group.

This year FONT has published and circulated a list of their preferred candidates for the Trusts elections. They would like to see Valerie Humphrey, John M. Burton, Sir Henry Keswick, Christopher Boyle, Laurie Magnus, Sophie Andreae, Robin Page, and Charles Collins elected.

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