Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Carry on Hunting

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Carry on Hunting

Article excerpt

Fox hunting is set to continue in England and Wales for another year under a deal sanctioned by Tony Blair, it emerged today.

The field sport will be outlawed from February 18 after the Parliament Act was used to force through a ban in the face of opposition from the Lords.

But the Attorney General Lord Goldsmith will not fight an application for an injunction from the Alliance, Downing Street confirmed.

That means hunting could continue until all the avenues of legal appeal are exhausted.

The move would avoid the campaign of civil disobedience threatened by pro-hunters in the run-up to the General Election, expected in May.

However, it risks infuriating Labour backbenchers and many party supporters.

The Prime Minister strongly supports advice from government law officers not to oppose the injunction, The Times reveals.

Mr Blair has previously attempted to broker a deal to allow hunting to continue under licence.

The PM was also disappointed that the House of Lords voted for an immediate ban rather than government proposals for an 18 month delay. …

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