Corbyn recalls Shropshire fox hunting debate - and pledges to keep ban

Jeremy Corbyn recalled his youth in rural Shropshire as he delivered a speech in which he branded fox hunting as barbaric.

Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour leader told supporters at a rally how the first speech he ever gave while at Adams Grammar School in Newport was in a debate about bloodsports.

“I grew up in rural Shropshire and the first speech I ever made in my school was of the need to ban fox hunting, hare coursing, badger baiting, and even in those days otter hunting," he said.

“It was a strongly rural area and I lost the debate.

“You can be very clear that any government I am head of would not tolerate this kind of barbarity which his called sport in this country.”

Mr Corbyn spoke out after Theresa May says she would give MPs a free vote in the House of Commons on whether to scrap the Hunting Act if re-elected.

The Act, which was introduced by Tony Blair's Labour government, effectively bans hunting with dogs.

Mrs May has said she is in favour of lifting the ban.

She said; “Some of the other forms of dealing with foxes can be cruel, so my view is it should be a free vote for Parliament so members of parliament individually should be able to exercise their view on this matter."

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