Thank you for contacting me recently regarding the Hunting Act.
I am proud of the Labour’s strong record on animal welfare and I do not want to see the Hunting Act 2004 repealed.
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.
As you are aware, however, the Conservative Party’s election manifesto included a commitment to give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote. The Government has recently confirmed it is committed to fulfilling this pledge.
I believe that holding a vote on repealing the Hunting Act 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. I also believe the Government should be focusing on tackling rising energy prices and protecting rural bus services.
I will oppose this attempt to repeal the Hunting Act.
Thank you once again for writing to me and for sharing your views.
MP for St Helens North