Parliamentary motion condemns Countryside Alliance tactics

An Early Day Motion tabled in the House of Commons yesterday afternoon has rounded on the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance for “attempts … to subvert the rule of law”.

The Motion, which can be signed by all backbench Members of Parliament, states:

That this House notes with dismay attempts by the Countryside Alliance to subvert the rule of law by claiming that evidence of illegal hunting collated by monitors working on behalf of organisations such as the League Against Cruel Sports is illegal under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; welcomes the clear guidance from the Crown Prosecution Service that all such evidence is valid; and further notes and acknowledges the hard work undertaken by hunt monitors in upholding the Hunting Act 2004 as democratically passed by this House.

It was tabled by Nick Ainger, Labour MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire in Wales, whose opponent at the next general election is Simon Hart, who for a day job runs the Countryside Alliance.

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  1. 1

    I’m not a Labour supporter but I send best wishes for a good win to Nick Ainger.

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    gilesbradshaw said,

    The guidance wasn’t clear that all such evidence is valid. It stated that if LACS are tasked to collect evidence either “explicitly or by necessary implication” by the police then RIPA applies.

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