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Bath MP Don Foster says gull research bid 'has failed'

August 5, 2023 by admin in News

An MP says he has failed to convince the government to pay for research into problems caused by urban gulls.

Liberal Democrat Don Foster had called for ministers to take the threat of growing gull numbers seriously.

The Bath MP said there were well over 1,000 pairs of breeding gulls in the city and strategies to control the numbers were not working.

“The truth is that so far I have failed to persuade the government to take the issue seriously,” he said.

“It is a really serious problem for many people in my constituency of Bath and many other places around the country.

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Cable Drops Website Block Plan

August 4, 2023 by admin in News

Vince Cable today ditched plans to block websites which host copyright-infringing material.

The business secretary called the switch an example of the “big changes” which are bringing the law “up to date”.

He estimated that the change in legislation would benefit the economy to the tune of £8 billion over the next few years.

The shift is based upon the conclusions of the Hargreaves Review by telecoms regulator Ofcom, which considered whether current legislation is fit for purpose in the digital age

Don Foster, Liberal Democrat media and culture committee co-chair, defended the changes, saying they would help “further develop” the UK as a world leader in the creative industries.

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Digital Economy Act and intellectual property reforms welcome – Foster

August 3, 2023 by admin in News

Commenting on Ofcom’s report on the site blocking clauses of the Digital Economy Act, Liberal Democrat Media and Culture Co-Chair, Don Foster,said:

“Ofcom should be praised for consigning Labour’s site blocking laws to the bin.

“Site blocking may sometimes be necessary, but that doesn’t excuse the Digital Economy Act’s sorry attempt to enable it.

“Internet providers and rights-holders must now devise a simple solution. Those offending on a massive scale should be stopped without threatening every website under the sun.”

Commenting further on the announcement by Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, Vince Cable, of the Government’s intellectual property plans, Don Foster added:

“If the creative industries are to achieve their potential and play a major role in the UK recovery, it is vital that creator’s rights - and especially their intellectual property rights - are properly protected. At the same time, consumers deserve easier access to high quality content.

“Vince Cable’s plans will help achieve both. They will help further develop the UK as a world leader in the creative industries.”