The government’s proposed badger cull has become a political issue in forthcoming council elections.

Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting is asking the parties contesting the county council election in May to make council land a no-cull zone.

Campaigners want candidates to sign a pledge to rule out culling on council land. Labour and the Green Party have said candidates will agree to the pledge.

Liberal Democrat councillor Jeremy Hilton said the 2013 party manifesto already promised to review future farm tenancies to ensure that the culling of badgers would not be permitted on

The campaign group is also asking politicians seek more effective alternatives to stop the spread of bovine TB.  The government has announced it intends to go ahead with a Gloucestershire cull from 1 June.