Hon. Nicholas Ridley

Former MP for Cirencester and Tewkesbury

Recent appearances

  • Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Protection) Bill 14 Feb 1992

    I first spoke in the House almost exactly 32 years ago. A Bill on wildlife may provide an adequate opportunity for my swan song. I do not hunt. I never liked riding horses. When I was first asked to mount a pony I was told that after I had fallen off four times I would be a skilled horseman and that I had to persevere until then. I managed to fall off four times in the first hour and I have...
  • Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Protection) Bill 14 Feb 1992

    That is exactly the point to which I am coming. I have first established that we are seeking to abolish not the cruelty of animals but cruelty by mankind. [Interruption.] Let us look at what man does to animals. I do not know why we tolerate the poisoning of rats, which are among the most intelligent of mammals and suffer most if poisoned or gassed. Clauses 5, 6 and 8 allow, with a licence...
  • Orders of the Day — Wild Mammals (Protection) Bill 14 Feb 1992

    My hon. Friend can speak for himself about his prowess as a shot. I plead guilty to not being at all certain that I could guarantee to kill a fox. As I say, shooting is probably the most cruel way of seeking to control the fox population.

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Former MP for Cirencester and Tewkesbury

Entered the House of Commons on 8 October 1959 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 16 March 1992 — General election

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