Chris Loder MP Makes National News

Christopher Loder, MP was invited by to comment on this article prior to publication. Having given him his requested nine days, he declined to reply…

Christopher Lionel John Loder, MP representing West Dorset made national news at the end of last month for unfavourable reasons after his recent comments on Twitter:

This is surprising as he is a patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, whose aim is to help advance farm animal welfare. He did indeed introduce his Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill in the House of Commons on 5th February 2020 and it was passed on 29th April 2020.

In his own defence, he tweeted again the following day directing people to an article in The Scotsman, quoting Domnhall Macsween, who works on a community-run estate on the Isle of Lewis, who stated “Shows like Countryfile and Chris Packham have romanticised the idea of rewilding for an urban audience.

However, Duncan Orr-Ewing, head of species and land management at the RSPB, stated “Lambs die for many reasons and the sea eagles should not be treated as the scapegoat,” he said, claiming that they feed mainly on fish and seagulls. “What’s being said about them attacking livestock is inflammatory and people are basing their opinions on what they perceive to be the case rather than reality.”
There were 137 cases of confirmed raptor persecution in 2020, according to the RSPB.

The eagle went extinct in the UK in the early 20th century after they were continually poisoned and shot by gamekeepers. It was one reintroduced on the Isle of Wight, where a successful programme has been taking place since summer 2019. The Guardian newspaper then published his comments disclosing that Chris Loder’s 2019 election campaign benefited from a £14,000 donation from the Ilchester Estates, which runs shoots in West Dorset. The estates are run by the honourable Mrs. Charlotte Townshend, an aristocrat worth almost £500m who has both farming and shooting interests. including Chesil Beach, the Fleet and Abbotsbury Swannery. Mrs. Townshend also declares that she is the only person other than the Queen who is allowed to own swans.

Chris Loder told Guardian reporter, Helena Horton, “Any suggestion that I have been unduly influenced in this view is completely wrong.”

White-tailed eagles are coastal birds that feed primarily on fish, and occasionally on carrion (dead flesh). It is highly unlikely that white-tailed eagles would be guilty of killing lambs, as he falsely claimed. However, it is even more embarrassing than you might imagine. The photographer who took the photos illustrating the article that Chris Loder tweeted, Peter Cairns, got in touch with the MP to explain that the photos had been staged: As the photographer behind two of these images, I’d recommend you establish the circumstances before using them as evidence. Both are staged for an editorial story using a captive eagle and a dead lamb. Just so you know.”

  • Jan. ’22 – Chris Loder MP – Highest expenses again – Read more HERE.
  • Oct. ’21 – Chris Loder MP voted against the Amendment 45 to the Environment Bill allowing Raw Sewage Dumping into our rivers – Read more HERE.
  • Jan ’21 –  Chris Loder MP – Highest expenses – Read more HERE.
  • Oct ’20 –  Chris Loder MP voted against the Free Meals For School Children In Need – Read more HERE.


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Chris Loder MP – Highest Expenses Again!

When he was elected in December 2019, Mr Loder’s claims were the lowest of the five Dorset MPs.  Last year Chris Loder claimed higher business costs and expenses than any other new MP during the the 2019-20 financial year, costing the taxpayer around £71,000.

This year, West Dorset MP Chris Loder claimed £256,176 in expenses last year, figures reported yesterday by Dorset Echo & Bridport News’ digital reporter Sam Greaseley-Machin – the eighth highest amount.

That is £52,296 more than the average £203,880 claim from March 2020-March 2021.

  • South Dorset MP Richard Drax‘s claim was among the lower end nationally at £173,907.63 – around £159,000 of that being staff costs.
  • North Dorset’s Simon Hoare claimed £212,892.94.
  • MP for mid-Dorset and North Poole, Michael Tomlinson claimed £217,449.59.

Mr Loder, whose claim was made up of office, staff, travel and accommodation costs –

You can determine how finanacially prudent Chris Loder MP has been and view further details HERE on the IPSA website. The IPSA is the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, the independent body that regulates and administers the business costs and decides the pay and pensions of the 650 elected MPs and their staff in the UK.

Chris Loder MP claimed £256,176 in expenses. This is while our country was in Lockdown.  This is in addition to his £81,932 salary as of 2020.

Any questions?

Please contact CHRIS LODER MP, our representative for West Dorset:


Photo: Dorset Echo.


Broadwindsor Community Stores Festive Opening Hours

A HUGE Shout Out and Merry Christmas to all the wonderful staff and volunteers at our marvellous community village shop 🙂

Here are the times the shop will be open over the Christmas period:

  • Friday 24th, Christmas Eve: 7.30am – 4pm
  • Saturday 25th, Christmas Day: CLOSED
  • Sunday 26th, Boxing Day: 10am – 12noon
  • Monday 27th, Bank Holiday: 7.30am – 4pm
  • Tuesday 28th, Bank Holiday: 7.30am -4pm
  • Wednesday 29th, Normal hours: 7.30am – 6pm
  • Thursday 30th, Normal hours: 7.30am – 6pm
  • Friday 31st, New Year’s Eve/Hogmonay: 7.30am -4pm
  • Saturday 1st, New Year’s Day: 8am – 12noon
  • Sunday 2nd, Normal hours: 8am – 12noon
  • Monday 3rd, Bank Holiday: 8am – 12noon
  • Tuesday 4th: Return to normal hours.

Follow Broadwindsor Community Stores on Facebook HERE.


Save The White Lion NEWS Update #5

From David Leader, White Lion Steering Group Chairman:

We are very pleased to say that the Broadwindsor Community Pub is now a legal business. The articles of the business make it clear that this is a community pub run for the benefit of the community and is a not-for-profit organisation.

No business can start without funds and we need to raise about £30,000 quickly to carry out essential refurbishment, buy equipment mainly for the kitchen, purchase stock and pay the wages of employees.

Opening the White Lion is going to be a challenge for us all but we believe that we can make it happen. Those wonderful evenings where the community comes together in convivial surroundings with conversation and laughter can happen again.

There will be a public meeting on Tuesday 11 January at 7pm where we can explain our plans, answer questions and listen to suggestions.

We hope to hold this meeting at the Comrades Hall but if this is not allowed because of the Covid situation we will try to hold it on Zoom. We hope that as many people as possible will attend. Please look out for updated information.

The Steering Group would like to thank all those who have shown such an enthusiastic interest in saving the White Lion.

– David Leader, White Lion Steering Group Chairman



Last Few Days To Use Scout Post!

Many thanks to everyone in the village who has been using the Scout Post Christmas 2021 service so far which helps raise money for local scout groups.
Kevin and his team at the Broadwindsor Community Stores have been kindly hosting the yellow scout post box, and you now only have a few days left to post your cards. More HERE.

Final collections is on Saturday December 18th at 12 noon.

If you are interested to find out more about Scout Post, or to look at some of the statistics about cards being sent this year, please click HERE

If you are someone who regularly walks around the village anyway, perhaps you may be interested in volunteering to help out with some of the delivery of the Broadwindsor cards for Scout Post 2022?
Some local villages e.g. Stoke Abbott, Netherbury, Burstock didn’t have anyone to deliver cards there this year, so they were not included on the delivery schedule. Perhaps you might be able to volunteer to carry out scout post in those villages next year?
To find out more information about volunteering please get in touch with

Scout Post is run by Dorchester & West Dorset District Scout Council
Charity registration no: 1039833

A list of cards they are unable to deliver will be held until the 12th of January and listed on the District Website – click HERE.
Enquiries to: (01305) 852314


Save Our Pub Gig Postponed & New Rules At Comrades Hall

The Steering Group had organised a FUNdraising gig for The White Lion, Broadwindsor on Saturday, 15th January, 2022

Below is the content of an email sent out to all hirers of the Comrades Hall. Consequentially, the event has been postponed.


This is a general email to all hirers to give you information regarding the latest changes in Covid regulations as announced by the government on Wednesday, and how it may affect your use of Comrades Hall.
At the present time, Comrades Hall remains open for use.


Comrades Hall is considered an ‘indoor public space’ and therefore mask wearing should be mandatory inside the premises. This applies to any users of Comrades Hall over the age of 11, except for those who are exempt, or where a separate risk assessment/ group association policy is in place for youth organisations.

However, where hirers and their users are sitting down to eat or drink, or carrying out exercise, then masks do not need to be worn. In these circumstances, participants should put their masks back on once they are able to do so, and when moving around within the premises. Please ensure you as the hirer explain this to your participants should your use of the hall include this option.
More information can be found here:

Due to the small capacity of Comrades Hall events, currently no covid vaccine passport would need to be shown for any event or hire, but it would be good practice to ask your participants to take an LFT before attending an event at the hall.

All other information remains as per my previous email and according to




Broadwindsor Film Club – Friday 17th December

December’s offering from Broadwndsor Community Film Club is The Courier (12).  This will be shown at 7.30pm at the Comrades Hall on Friday, 17th December.

Directed by Dominc Cooke and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan and Jessie Buckley, this film is a true- life cold war spy thriller.

Unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) becomes entangled in one of the greatest international conflicts in history.  Recruited by MI6 and a CIA operative (Rachel Brosnahan), Wynne forms a covert partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) and both men risk everything in a danger-fraught race against time to provide the intelligence needed to prevent nuclear confrontation and end the Cuban Missile Crisis.

  • Film Club members – Free entry
  • Guests – £4
  • Refreshments available, including a bar.
  • Please wear your mask when moving around the hall.
  • Seats MUST be booked in advance by contacting:
    Emma or
    Margaret Wing01308 867252


Festive Drinks & Nibbles At Post Office – Friday, 10th Dec.

The Post Office Users Group will be spreading some Christmas cheer next Friday when they will be serving festive drinks and nibbles alongside the Post Office OutReach service.

Raffle tickets will also be on sale with the draw taking place at 12 noon.



Save The White Lion NEWS Update #4

A summary of the latest minutes from the Steering Group’s meeting on 30th November, provided by Margery Hookings:

Work is going on behind the scenes to re-open the White Lion in Broadwindsor as a community pub. The community needs to raise at least £30,000 to make it happen.

The Steering Group comprises:

  • David Leader (Chair)
  • Elaine Leader
  • Susanna Newall
  • Chris Newall
  • Sandra Burrows
  • Charles Ouin
  • Luke Pickering
  • Andrew Hookings
  • Margery Hookings
  • Fraser Hughes
  • Chris Edgerley
  • Rick Dyke.

 The following is a summary of the latest meeting, excluding commercially sensitive or personal information.

Save the White Lion, summary of meeting 30/11/21

Company structure:
Work ongoing. A set of articles has been drafted for a new company limited by guarantee with Community Interest objects. If acceptable this entity will shortly be registered at Companies House.
Business plan and application for membership almost ready for publication for circulation to donors. 

Bank account:
Once the new company is established, a bank account can be set up.

The earliest for us to be ready to go to the public would be the first week of January.
Looking at four weeks for refurb so maybe opening in March.

Call for action:
Public meeting, possibly mid-January, followed by door-to-door around the village, coupled with social media campaign. Unanimously agreed that company membership to cost £30. Like a supporter’s club, people can donate any amount to the appeal (less or more than membership costs). By buying membership, members can attend an annual meeting.

Grant funding streams in addition to public donation:
Ongoing research and submission at any time.

Ongoing discussions with applicants.

John Heys:
John is standing down from the steering group because of other commitments. He was thanked for his hard work. He still wants to be involved in practical side of refurb.
Chris E will help with in overseeing quotes etc.

Next meeting:
Date to be confirmed.



Where To See Broadwindsor’s Advent Windows

Windows should be lit at 4pm until at least 9pm or later if possible.  Thanks to everyone taking part!