The British Prime Minister Theresa May has admitted she has “always been in favour” of fox hunting and has promised to hold a free vote to repeal the fox hunting ban if she wins the general election.
Pro-fox hunting campaigners are reportedly plotting to use a predicted Tory landslide at the general election to repeal a 2004 ban of the cruel blood sport.
The Mirror reports:
The Mirror revealed on its front page this morning how fox hunt masters are “mobilising” on behalf of the Tories and believe a majority of 50 or more will be enough to repeal the ban.
Speaking to our reporter on the election campaign trail in Leeds today, the Prime Minister said: “This is a situation on which individuals will have one view or the other, either pro or against.
“As it happens personally I have always been in favour of fox hunting and we maintain out commitment – we have had a commitment previously as a Conservative Party – to allow a free vote.
“And that’s what it will allow, would allow, Parliament the opportunity to take a decision on this.”
Fox hunt masters are secretly “mobilising” support for Mrs May and believe the general election “is the chance we have been waiting for” to repeal the hunting ban.
The Mirror yesterday revealed a leaked email from the chairman of the Council of Hunting Associations, Lord Mancroft, in which he urges hunt masters to “mobilise supporters” and campaign for pro-hunting Tories in marginal seats.
Lord Mancroft, himself a Tory peer, told supporters that Mrs May’s huge lead in the opinion polls presents a “seminal moment” for their campaign to bring back the cruel sport of fox-hunting after a 12-year ban.
He said a Tory majority of 50 or more MPs should be enough to secure a repeal of the 2004 Hunting Act in a Parliamentary vote later this year.
“This is the chance we have been waiting for,” Lord Mancroft wrote.