The Conservatives campaigned on a manifesto that meant they would offer a free vote on a government bill in government time on the repeal of the 2004 Hunting Act. I, and the Labour Party campaigned on a manifesto that meant we would defend the hunting ban and build on the strong record the previous Labour government had on animal welfare.
There can be no place in a civilised society for animal cruelty and I believe that the rest of the British public also support our ban on hunting with hounds. I know that there is real concern among many people and organisations such as the League Against Cruel Sports that there may now be an attempt to repeal the Hunting act in the near future.
I will oppose any such attempt to repeal the Hunting Act and will voice my opinion on the matter, not only because I believe in the ban on this cruel sport, but because so many of my constituents also believe in protecting animals that are unable to protect themselves, and are so often mistreated by us.
I also believe that holding a vote on repealing the Hunting Act distracts from the real issues that are facing us – low wages, the shortage of affordable housing, improving infrastructure and protecting public services, and a consistent fall in living standards.
I support this petition online against the repeal of the Hunting Act, I would appreciate it if you could do so too: