Warren Fox, Liberal Democrat candidate for Bolton North East, has slammed the Conservatives following suggestions that a landslide victory for Theresa May could lead to a repeal of the fox hunting ban.
In an email seen by the Daily Mirror, Conservative Lord Mancroft, chairman of the Council of Hunting Associations, said:
“A majority of 50 or more would give us a real opportunity for repeal of the Hunting Act.
“We have repeatedly made clear that we need a Government that has both a manifesto commitment to repeal the HA [Hunting Act], and a big enough majority to get repeal through the Commons and then the Lords.
“It now looks, unexpectedly, as if there is a very real chance we could get such a Government.
“While nothing in politics is certain, this is by far the best opportunity we have had since the ban, and is probably the best we are likely to get in the foreseeable future.”
Speaking out against the idea Mr Fox said:
“Over eighty-four percent of the British public are against bringing this horrendous bloodsport back following its ban in 2005. The Tories attempted to push through a repeal in coalition and the Lib Dems staunchly opposed the plans, so they were shelved.
“If the Tories to win by the margin they are expecting to, then we will end up seeing this disgusting sport back in our rural communities within months. As your Liberal Democrat MP for Bolton North East I would oppose any and all attempts to force through a repeal on fox hunting.
“If you want an MP that will staunchly oppose Tory cuts without fear of propping up a disastrous Corbyn regime; fight for genuine change in funding for our NHS through a dedicated one penny tax on income and stand up for the welfare of our British wildlife, then people need to vote for me, Warren Fox, on June 8th.”