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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Paddy Tipping Paddy Tipping Labour, Sherwood 11:30 am, 30th April 2008

After years of discussion, Parliament decided that fox hunting should be banned. Is not the priority now to ensure that the legislation is implemented effectively, and not to promise that it will be repealed at some date in the future?

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Peter Stroud
Posted on 1 May 2008 4:00 pm (Report this annotation)

Paddy Tipping was on the parliamentary committee that debated this stupid hunting bill in 2004 and is a rabid ant-hunting MP. It is entirely up to the leader of the opposition to decide what bills should be revisited when the Conservatives get in power again, and nothing to do with either bigoted Labour MPs or the present PM. It should be remembered that the Labour manifesto said the hunting matter would be decided by Parliament. Parliament is both Commons and Lords and the Lords rejected the bill, and the Parliament Act was invoked. It must also be remembered that many Labour peers voted against the bill. Clearly Parliament did not decide the fate of hunting with hounds.

Peter Stroud
Posted on 1 May 2008 4:00 pm (Report this annotation)

Paddy Tipping was on the parliamentary committee that debated this stupid hunting bill in 2004 and is a rabid ant-hunting MP. It is entirely up to the leader of the opposition to decide what bills should be revisited when the Conservatives get in power again, and nothing to do with either bigoted Labour MPs or the present PM. It should be remembered that the Labour manifesto said the hunting matter would be decided by Parliament. Parliament is both Commons and Lords and the Lords rejected the bill, and the Parliament Act was invoked. It must also be remembered that many Labour peers voted against the bill. Clearly Parliament did not decide the fate of hunting with hounds.

Gary Hills
Posted on 7 May 2008 9:00 am (Report this annotation)

Whatever the pro hunt lobby say, their is one glaring fact they overlook time and time again. They hate democracy unless its signing their tune.

Paddy Tipping is not only right about this point and other he makes in relation to wanting to see the Hunting Ban fully enforced, he also has something no pro hunter could ever claim.

For he and the other Labour MPs who supported and implemented this Ban did so with the full backing of democracy and that of the British People.

I've no doubt my remarks will get a tirade of abuse for even suggesting such facts. However that is the reality and its why we will never see hunting with dogs return.

The ban is fair, just and works and its not up to Parliament to prove anything on the issue further. Its up to those that seek to break the law to pay the price of ignoring democracy and if needed go to jail.

For only hunters could claim they are being ignored in democracy, far from it. The evidence was heard and the debates lasted decades. There is only their continued form of dictatorship that keeps this issue around.

In terms of The Lords, they are unelected and only the Commons matter in all state issues. This notion that just because the Lords blocked democracy for years means they are right is as false as the excuses used by hunters to avoid the law.

And lets remind all that the Lords hold an advisory roll and not one of power over Parliament.

It's time all pro hunters realised the law means they have to obey it as society has spoken. There are no excuses.