Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tory Peer in Late Attempt to Halt Hunting Ban

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tory Peer in Late Attempt to Halt Hunting Ban

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A compromise over hunting was proposed yesterday by Lord Strathclyde, Conservative leader in the Lords.

He urged fellow peers to amend new laws so that hunting could continue under licence as ministers originally proposed.

The tactic is intended to put pressure on MPs who would have to vote again for a ban, possibly in the final days of the Parliamentary sessions.

Lord Strathclyde said: "I have been urging my colleagues in recent weeks not to reject this Bill in a wholesale manner. I think the time has now come for the House of Lords to do what it traditionally does. To be sensible. To look carefully at the Bill that has been offered and try to find a middle way between those who want to abolish hunting in its entirety and those who want to preserve something ( possibly through regulated hunting."

A licensed system was originally proposed by the Government but amended to a total ban by Labour backbenchers

After a lengthy tussle with peers on what was a Labour manifesto pledge, ministers are ready to force a ban through the Lords using the Parliament Act. …

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