Eastbourne MP stands firm on fox hunting ban

Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell's maiden speech in the House of Commons SUS-150306-111725001
Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell's maiden speech in the House of Commons SUS-150306-111725001

Newly elected Conservative MP Caroline Ansell says she will not support any return to fox hunting when it is debated in Parliament later this week.

Mrs Ansell said she did not “consider it sport to tear living mammals to pieces”.

She told the Herald today (Monday), “As I have indicated before, I have had more correspondence on the subject of fox hunting than any other subject since I have been MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon.

“It’s my view that this proposed amendment to the hunting act is completely out of step with the wishes of most people in the country, and certainly in my constituency.

“It is quite legitimate to have a vote as it was in our manifesto. However, I have always been very clear that I would not support a repeal of the hunting act, or indeed any amendment to it that made a return to fox hunting easier or more likely.

“I do not consider it sport to tear living mammals to pieces. Things have moved on from fox hunting, and I don’t think the clock should be turned back.”

Prime Minister David Cameron is planning to hold a free vote this Thursday on a statutory instrument to amend the Hunting Act, rather than requiring full legislation and hours of debate.

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