Theresa May has controversially announced that she’d like to bring back fox hunting if the conservatives win the general election.
During a visit to a factory in Leeds, the Prime Minister said: “This is a situation on which individuals will have one view or the other, either pro or against.
“As it happens, personally I have always been in favour of fox hunting. And we maintain our commitment, we have had a commitment previously as a Conservative Party, to allow a free vote.
“It would allow Parliament the opportunity to take the decision on this.”
Fox hunting in its traditional form was banned in Scotland in 2002, and in England and Wales in November 2004, though some forms of the ‘sport’ are still within the law.
The polls would suggest that fox hunting is still deeply unpopular, with an overwhelming majority of 84 per cent.
There was a mixed reaction from Tory MPs to this news. Some were thrilled with the idea of the return of the hunt, while others argued it should be “confined to history, like hanging”.
David Cameron had previously promised to put the issue to Parliament, but did not go ahead with the plan due to a lack of support.