Kemptown MP reaffirms opposition to repeal of hunting ban

Sarah Green February 23, 2015

Simon Kirby, the MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven, took the opportunity of the 10th anniversary of the hunting ban last week to reaffirm his opposition to any repeal of the current ban on hunting.

Simon Kirby MP for Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven
Simon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven

HE has confirmed that if there is a vote on the matter, he will not vote to repeal the ban.

Since before his election in 2010, Mr Kirby has been vocal in his consistent opposition to hunting, and has made his position on the matter very clear. He has also been involved with groups such as Blue Fox, who are a group of Conservatives against fox hunting, as well as being a champion of many other animal welfare causes.

February 18 marked ten years since the hunting ban was introduced, and to honour this, Mr Kirby joined with other Conservative MPs and Conservatives Against Fox Hunting to call on the party leadership to guarantee that the new 2015 party manifesto will not include any pledges to undermine the act.

Commenting on the campaign, Simon Kirby said: “I have been consistently opposed to any repeal of the Hunting Act (2004), and I would like to assure everyone that this remains my position on the matter. I am a strong champion of animal rights, and I am proud of my track record in standing up for animals.

“Today I am marking 10 years since fox hunting was banned by joining with fellow MPs and important groups such as Conservatives Against Fox Hunting to make sure that repealing the Hunting Act will not be in the Conservative manifesto for the 2015 election.

“I am proud to stand up for this important issue, and to take any opportunity I can to defend the rights and welfare of animals.”

The Founder of Conservatives Against Fox Hunting, Lorraine Platt, added: “Simon has been a leading voice in the campaign opposing fox hunting, and has been an active champion of this cause.  We are so grateful to him for his consistent support for the ban on hunting.

“I look forward to working alongside Simon as we continue campaigning to make sure that hunting remains firmly in the past, and on future campaigns promoting other important animal welfare issues, which I know Simon cares greatly about.”