Note from Badgergate Team:
As campaigning for the General Election steps up a gear, people across the country are being urged to contact their MP and potential candidates in order to assess their position on bovine TB and the badger cull. In Stroud, Dr Chris Cheeseman contacted the editor of the Stroud News and Journal to see if the paper would publish his letter below. Unfortunately, it seems the editor may have felt that the letter was too ‘political’ to publish in full before the election. Instead an abridged version was published by SNJ on 23rd April 2015.
This is real a pity since Stroud is one of the marginal seats in Gloucestershire, one of the two counties where the pilot badger culls have been taking place annually since 2013. The Stroud constituency has been leafleted by members of Stop the Cull, urging people to vote out Mr Neil Carmichael, the Conservative MP, in favour of David Drew of the Labour party. A Guardian article states that Labour activists in Gloucestershire have said privately that they believe this campaign could help their cause.