We launched our national Fox Tour in Corby yesterday, and over the next two-and-a-bit weeks we will be visiting key constituencies around the country where hunting is an issue, to talk to candidates and the public about threats to repeal the Hunting Act.
Corby in Northamptonshire lies amid a number of hunts, and the hunting issue divides candidates there. In our film, we meet Phil Hope, the Labour candidate who, as Labour MP for the former steel town, voted in favour of the Hunting Act. He is clear in his support for the Act.
Also keenly in favour of the Act was the UKIP candidate, David Rogerson. We went to his workplace, the Lord Nelson Inn, where he broke off from his bar duties to come and speak to us, at length.
The Conservative candidate, Louise Bagshawe, supports repeal of the Hunting Act. We knew this, but wanted to talk to her about it. We weren’t able to locate her at her office, or in the small town where she said she was going for a public meeting. She did message us via twitter, though.
Sadly we couldn’t track down the Liberal Democrat candidate, Portia Wilson, and our calls weren’t answered. We learned that she lives some distance from the constituency in Northampton and has recently had a baby; that may have been the reason why we found it difficult to reach her.
Today our Fox Tour is in Richmond, North Yorkshire. It’s the largest constituency in England, and we’ll be talking to residents and candidates about the promise by some politicians to bring back hunting with dogs. The film from today’s antics will be online tomorrow morning.