I have recently received over 500 communications about the Conservative Government’s attempt to reintroduce foxhunting through the backdoor.
I am proud to say that I was on the committee that wrote the original Hunting Act nine years ago.
I have a strong desire to avoid turning the clock back to a time when killing an animal for sport was deemed acceptable. There have also been over 400 successful prosecutions under the Hunting Act since it was introduced, so the argument that the ban does not prevent anyone from hunting is (thankfully) fictitious.
I am seriously concerned by the Conservative Government attempts to sneak this thorough Parliament. However, it is encouraging to see that members across all parties are opposed to repealing the ban, which has forced the Government to delay the planned vote.
Please rest assured that I will always vote to uphold the ban and will always encourage my parliamentary colleagues to do likewise.