Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Owen: Tories Paid Price for Ivory Slip; @ESTHELONDONER Thelondoner@standard.Co.UK

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Owen: Tories Paid Price for Ivory Slip; @ESTHELONDONER Thelondoner@standard.Co.UK

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Byline: Charlotte Edwardes

OWEN Paterson, the former Environment Secretary, has revealed that an ivory ban was written into the 2017 Conservative manifesto before being "omitted," a decision he believes contributed to the Conservatives' battering in the election.

Last night at the second reading of the Ivory Bill, Paterson (right) told Parliament that he and Lord Hague "came up with a text" following discussions with antiques traders and NGOs such as Stop Ivory and Tusk. He then read it out: "In response to overwhelming international opinion... we will proceed with our commitment to introduce tighter legislation to close the domestic ivory market with appropriate exemptions covering objects of artistic, cultural and historical significance." The text went on: "We will further commit to support the range states of species impacted by illegal wildlife trade, in particular for elephants, rhinos and tigers and will continue to oppose any call for resumption in trade of products from these species. …

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