Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin marks 10 year anniversary of hunting ban

Dudley MP Ian Austin will mark 10 years of the ban on fox hunting by meeting with campaigners in Parliament on Tuesday 11 February.

Austin supported the ban’s introduction and has fought against Conservative plans to end the ban.

Austin will meet with representatives of the RSPCA, the League Against Cruel Sports and the International Fund for Animal Welfare to discuss continuing efforts to protect the ban and future efforts to improve animal welfare and protect wildlife.

In 2004, Parliament voted to ban hunting of foxes with dogs despite significant opposition from Conservative MPs. The 2010 Coalition Agreement included a commitment to a new free vote on fox hunting, but recent polling suggests that 80% of British people want the ban to stay in place.

Ian Austin said:

“I’m delighted that the ban on fox hunting has reached its tenth birthday.

“I remember the level of support for the ban from people in Dudley, and I’m proud that my party put an end to the cruel and unnecessary practice.

“Unfortunately the government is still committed to a new vote on the issue, but I’m confident that campaigners and the public will continue to speak up for the ban.”

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