Tories may suffer decision to reintroduce hunting

Tories may suffer decision to reintroduce hunting
Tories may suffer decision to reintroduce hunting

By politics.co.uk

The Tories may have to reappraise their views on foxhunting after a poll found most voters were turned off by it.

Shadow foreign secretary William Hague appeared to confirm that hunting would be back if the Tories won power again, a position which contradicts previous policy statements.

Tory officials had previously assured journalists that the party would allow a free vote on the subject, but without any debate beforehand.


However, a YouGov poll of 2,015 found around 70 per cent of the public is against repealing the ban.

Fifty-nine per cent said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who backed hunting.

Fifty-six per cent said they associated the sport with a "nasty party" and not "compassionate Conservatives".

The League Against Cruel Sports' Douglas Batchelor said: "These figures show just how out of touch the Conservative party is. It is the nasty party on hunting."

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