League Against Cruel Sports ‘goes to Westminster’

Posted on November 26, 2012

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Today (26th November), an item was posted on the web-site of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) titled ‘The League goes to Westminster’.

‘… Last week, the League Against Cruel Sports took its campaigns to Westminster, holding a series of meetings with half a dozen Members of Parliament from both the Conservative and Labour Party.

The League’s Chief Executive, Joe Duckworth, along with Ian Pendlington, the League’s Senior Public Affairs Officer, first met with Tracey Crouch, Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford, to discuss a variety of issues.  We were pleased to hear that Tracey is opposed to the repeal of the Hunting Act. In addition, although she was originally in favour of the badger cull, she changed her mind when she saw the science and evidence that was presented by the League and our partners at the “Team Badger” parliamentary lobby in October. Tracey was broadly very supportive of our aims and hopefully will be able to positively influence her colleagues on the Conservative benches.

Joe and Ian then met with Labour MPs Nic Dakin, Clive Betts, Graham Allen and Kerry McCarthy (our Vice President) to discuss their views on everything from the potential repeal of the Hunting Act to snares, bullfighting and the welfare of racing animals.

Later in the afternoon, we met Jon Cruddas MP, who is co-ordinating Labour’s policy review in the run-up to the next General Election, scheduled to be held in May 2015. This election will be crucial to the future of animal welfare and will hopefully ensure that, once and for all, hunting with dogs remains history.  The League will therefore be seeking to ensure that our key objectives are considered by all the major political parties as they review their policies over the next few years and it was great to begin with such a constructive dialogue with Jon.

It remains important for the League to make contact with new Members of Parliament, like Tracey Crouch, and to catch up with our more long term supporters Nic Dakin, Clive Betts, Graham Allen and Kerry McCarthy. It was a highly productive and encouraging day. Over the next few years, we will be talking with many more MPs and Peers. Some already are known to us, and some we might not have met before. But, rest assured, we will be strengthening our presence in the Parliaments of Westminster and the devolved nations, ensuring that the League’s voice for animal welfare is heard up and down the corridors of power throughout the United Kingdom …’

Read the item and add your comment online at www.league.org.uk/blogpost/756/The-League-Goes-to-Westminster

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