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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Will the Tories re-open the hunting debate?

A Tory majority government, no longer constrained by the Liberal Democrats will undoubtedly be revisiting some of the issues that are dearest to it and its supporters. According to the Independent, one such issue may be hunting.

I am heartened therefore that the same paper reports that anti-fox hunting campaigners are planning to work with anti-hunt Conservative MPs to sink any such attempt.  They say that
a number of Conservative MPs, organised around the ‘Conservatives Against Fox Hunting’ campaign group, have previously spoken out against the practice.

Anti-hunt Conservatives returned to parliament at the general election include Simon Kirby, the MP for Brighton Kemptown, and Sir Roger Gale, who represents North Thanet in Kent. I would hope that the majority of the Liberal Democrats eight MPs are also opposed to hunting.

The League Against Cruel Sports claims 80% of the public and 70% of Conservative supporters support the current law, which is enshrined in the Hunting Act. We now need to mobilise that group to put pressure on their MPs to keep the law unchanged.

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