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

By Mark Andrews | Newport | Farming | Published:

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

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."

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.


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