A majority of the UK’s newly elected MEPs have pledged their support for shooting after being contacted by members of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).
Of the 71 elected members contacted via the organisation’s dedicated website, 37 expressed support for shooting and three said they were opposed.
Christopher Graffius, BASC director of communications, said: “These pledges of support give us invaluable insight into the level of support for shooting amongst the UK representatives in the European parliament. We will now work through the list of elected candidates and contact them to make sure they are fully informed on key issues affecting shooting.
“I would like to thank the BASC members who took the time to use the site, contact their candidates and send the results in to us. Candidates were contacting BASC during the campaign to say how many emails they had received from our members. BASC works with all political parties to ensure shooting is supported and that its economic, conservation and social contributions to life in the UK are recognised and understood.”
BASC will set up a similar site in the lead-up to the 2015 general elections.