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THERESA MAY has ditched her general election promise to give MPs a vote on overturning the fox-hunting ban amid outrage against the cruel sport.
The hunt-supporting Prime Minister confirmed the embarrassing U-turn today, telling BBC’s Andrew Marr show that she had received a “clear message” on the issue.
But campaigners warned that the fight is not over as Ms May only promised that there will not be a vote in this parliament.
League Against Cruel Sports deputy director Chris Pitt 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.”
The Tories pledged in their manifesto to hold a free vote on a Bill in government time to allow Parliament to decide whether to stick to the ban set out in the 2004 Hunting Act. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn repeatedly criticised Ms May for her pro-hunting stance during the election campaign.
Ms May told the BBC today: “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.”
Shadow environment secretary Sue Hayman argued that 85 per cent of the public do not want a return to this “cruel and barbaric” activity.
She said: “The Tories have finally bowed to pressure from Labour and campaigners with this long overdue U-turn, just months after the Prime Minister publicly stated her support for a free vote on the matter.
“The government must now outline plans to take tough action against those who continue to conduct illegal fox hunts.
“The Tories still have a long way to go to reverse their abysmal record on animal welfare.”
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