MP for Beverley and Holderness Graham Stuart, Conservative MP for Beverley & Holderness

Graham Stuart MP says meeting with Home Office Minister is an opportunity to take his anti-hare coursing campaign forward

On Wednesday 16th January Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart is to host a meeting between Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins MP, Defra officials, the CLA and the NFU.

The meeting was arranged after Graham’s successful Parliamentary event in October 2018 which was attended by Minister Atkins and other cross-party MPs from across the country. At the event the Minister said she was prepared to listen to interested parties on how to tackle hare-coursing crime and Graham proposed a meeting to carry on the discussion.

Graham Stuart MP commented: “After my well attended Parliamentary drop-in event in October 2018, this meeting with Minister Victoria Atkins MP and top level Defra officials is an opportunity for us to have an in-depth discussion about how to stamp out hare-coursing. I am sure that there will be a positive outcome from this meeting which can be used to take this campaign forward.

“In March last year I was pleased to launch the CLA’s anti-hare coursing campaign in my constituency after local farmers had been in contact with me to say the issue was getting worse. It is my hope that, by its one year anniversary, we can have an effective plan across Government departments and relevant stakeholders to crack down on this crime.

“Minister Atkins is prepared to listen to how we can make hare-coursing a thing of the past”.

  • Pictured: Graham Stuart MP and Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins MP
  • Timeline of Graham’s work on the issue:
  1. October 2018: Graham hosted a Parliamentary drop-in event for MPs, stakeholders and Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins MP
  2. March 2018: Launched the CLA’s Anti-Hare coursing campaign in Beverley and Holderness. This was attended by local people affected by hare coursing, local police and CLA representatives
  3. Pre-March 2018: Graham in contact with constituents in Holderness who are fighting a constant battle with hare coursers and began taking a particular interest on the issue


January 11th, 2019

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