Search

Prime Minister Theresa May abandons election pledge to give MPs vote on overturning fox hunt ban

PUBLISHED: 08:35 07 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:35 07 January 2018

Prime minister Theresa May.  Picture: Nick Butcher

Prime minister Theresa May. Picture: Nick Butcher

Archant © 2017

Theresa May will abandon her Conservative general election manifesto pledge to give MPs a vote on whether to overturn the fox hunting ban.

The law, introduced by Labour in 2004, bans the use of dogs to hunt foxes and other wild mammals in England and Wales.

Mrs May told BBC’s Andrew Marr Show she had received a “clear message” on the issue and said there will not be a vote during this parliament.

Michael Gove has prioritised animal welfare issues since the prime minister appointed him environment secretary after the June 2017 election.

But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn repeatedly criticised Mrs May for saying she was in favour of fox hunting during the election, which shattered the PM’s authority after the Tories lost their Commons majority.

The Tories had pledged in their manifesto to hold a free vote on a Bill in Government time to allow Parliament to decide the future of the Hunting Act 2004.

However, Mrs May told the BBC: “As prime minister, my job isn’t just about what I think about something, it’s actually about looking at what the view of the country is.

“I think there was a clear message about that and that’s why I say there won’t be a vote on fox hunting during this parliament.”

Chris Pitt, of the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “Hunting is a barbaric practice which still sees British wildlife being torn to pieces by packs of hounds.

“It appears that the Government now accepts that cruel sports should no longer be a part of 21st century society so it’s good to know they won’t try to legalise it again in this parliament, though they may try again in the next.”

Other popular content

Yesterday, 15:07

A carer who admitted an “abuse of trust” by stealing jewellery which she then tried to pawn was warned by a court that she could face jail.

Yesterday, 15:40

A daughter has said she “can not understand” what was going through the head of the person who left her father with a broken arm and a dislocated elbow in a hit and run.

Yesterday, 13:51

The Met Office has released another weather warning for today, and one including potential flooding on Sunday.

Yesterday, 12:34

Rescuers in a helicopter battled the high winds and lashing rain of Storm Bronagh as they winched two lost walkers to safety from a pitch-black marsh.

Most Read

Yesterday, 15:07

A carer who admitted an “abuse of trust” by stealing jewellery which she then tried to pawn was warned by a court that she could face jail.

Read more
Norwich Crown Court
Yesterday, 15:40

A daughter has said she “can not understand” what was going through the head of the person who left her father with a broken arm and a dislocated elbow in a hit and run.

Read more
Suffolk Police
Yesterday, 13:51

The Met Office has released another weather warning for today, and one including potential flooding on Sunday.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:34

Rescuers in a helicopter battled the high winds and lashing rain of Storm Bronagh as they winched two lost walkers to safety from a pitch-black marsh.

Read more
David Burwood
Thursday, July 9, 2015

An oil painting of Sir Alfred Munnings’ first wife, who committed suicide at the age of 25 after being parted from her secret lover, is up for sale at £185,000 in London.

Read more
United Kingdom

Later in Life

cover

Click here to view
the Later in Life
supplement

View

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 10°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Beccles and Bungay Journal e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Beccles and Bungay Journal weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy