I shall be voting to keep the Hunting Ban

FOX_SAKE.jpgI have had literally hundreds of emails from my constituents and from many others urging me to vote against the Amendment to bring back hunting with packs of dogs.

I wont let them down.

I shall be voting against this sordid attempt to bring back such barbarity.

I know many Conservative rebel MP's will also vote against - I welcome their commitment to animal rights.

I believe we have a moral duty to treat the animals we share our planet with in a humane and compassionate way. The unnecessary and prolonged suffering of defenceless animals has no place in a civilised society. 

I am proud of the previous Labour Government's strong record on animal welfare and I am committed to defending the Labour Government's Hunting Act 2004.

I believe that the vast majority of the British public also support the ban on hunting. Indeed, a recent Ipsos MORI survey showed that 80% of people support the ban.

The Conservative Party's election manifesto included a commitment to give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote. 

That vote takes place on Wednesday - and I am working hard with colleagues to mobilise as much support as possible for keeping the Hunting ban.

Holding a vote only distracts from the real issues that are facing many rural communities, including low wages, the shortage of affordable housing and the need to improve infrastructure and protect public services. 

There have been over 340 successful prosecutions under the Hunting Act.

I believe the legislation should be more strictly enforced, rather than repealed.

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