A HEREFORDSHIRE border MP has taken part in a hustings event organised by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.

Roger Williams, the Lib Dem MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, was joined by Lord DeMauley for the Conservative Party, and Angela Smith for the Labour Party.

Mr Williams paid tribute to the contribution shooting makes to the rural economy as well as the contribution it makes to the environment including the appearance of the countryside and landscapes.

“We were asked questions about a number of issues including the fees for gun licensing, the conservation of hen harriers on grouse moors and the contribution to the local rural economy," said Mr Williams.

"I made the point that a review on the level of fees for shotgun and firearm licenses is shortly to report to the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs.

"My understanding is that while there will be a rise in the cost of licenses it will be relatively modest and in future will keep in line with inflation."