The vote on the Hunting Act that was due to take place today has now been withdrawn by the Government in the face of opposition by Labour, the SNP and even some Conservative MPs. While I am happy that the threat to the Hunting Act has subsided for now, I am disappointed that the Government backed out when it knew defeat was inevitable, and I strongly believe they should have gone through with the vote, even if they would have lost.
I have received over 200 emails and counting regarding this controversial vote from concerned constituents, and I very much agree with them in my support of the Hunting Act of 2004. I believe we have a moral duty to treat the animals we share our planet with in a humane and compassionate way, and that is why the law remains one of Labour’s proudest achievements. Yet despite its overwhelming support across the country, the Government have been keen to repeal it, but were unable to go through with it when it realised its slim majority could not force through its passage.
Thank you to all those who wrote to me and for sharing your views on this important issue. I can assure you I support the ban on hunting and will go against any future attempt by the Government to repeal it.