There can be no place in a civilised society for animal cruelty.
I believe that the vast majority of the British public support the ban on hunting with hounds introduced by the last Labour Government through the 2004 Hunting Act.
I fought the General Election on a manifesto that included a commitment to defend the hunting ban and to build on the strong record the previous Labour Government had on animal welfare; however, the Conservative Party's manifesto included a commitment to give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote, with a government bill in government time.
I know there is real concern among many people and organisations such as the League Against Cruel Sports that there may now be an attempt to repeal the Hunting Act in the near future. I will oppose any attempt to repeal the Hunting Act and that I will continue to bear in mind the points raised by a number of constituents on this issue.
11 June 2015