Portsmouth South MP against bid to relax fox hunting ban

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond has said she will not support any move to relax the fox hunting ban. File picture: PA
Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond has said she will not support any move to relax the fox hunting ban. File picture: PA
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PORTSMOUTH South MP Flick Drummond says she will not support any move to relax the fox hunting ban.

The Tory politician believes the law in place is ‘adequate’ and no change is necessary.

What I don’t like is the alternative - I don’t like snaring or guns. A quick death is the best death for a fox.

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond

It comes after a vote to relax the fox-hunting ban in England and Wales was postponed after the Scottish National Party’s decision to take part in the division made defeat almost certain.

The controversial vote, originally scheduled for tomorrow, would have brought the law south of the border in line with that in Scotland, where an unlimited number of dogs can be used to ‘flush out’ a fox to be shot, compared to just two in England and Wales.

Mrs Drummond said: ‘I don’t think the ban should be relaxed. I think what is in place is perfectly adequate and I will not support any amendment.

‘I will not support a repeal of the bill.

‘What I don’t like is the alternative - I don’t like snaring or guns. A quick death is the best death for a fox. The government has got it right at the moment.’

The SNP’s 56 MPs agreed on Monday to break with their normal practice of not voting on England-only matters and join Labour in opposing the proposal.

Together with a number of anti-hunting Conservative MPs, who have been granted a free vote on the issue, this was expected to be enough to block the change.