We always knew that talking to Simon Hart, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance and Parliamentary Candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire would be a tall order – but we managed it.
Some people assume that because of the strong hunting heritage in the region, the majority of people there are pro-hunting. This just isn’t the case. We visited various towns and villages including Narberth, Carmarthen, Tenby and Whitland, and didn’t find anyone who supported repeal of the Hunting Act.
Simon Hart is the thought to be the only candidate in the constituency who supports repeal of the Act and despite his best efforts to avoid us, we did manage to track him down at an event hosted by the RSPB at Trinity College, Carmarthen. We tried to catch him afterwards, too, but he made a fast exit via a back door.
Interestingly, when we experienced difficulty in finding Simon, we called his employers – the Countryside Alliance – to see if they could help us track him down. They couldn’t. Instead all they managed was some glib remark about us “not finding many candidates” over the first three days of the Fox Tour. The truth, of course, is that it’s only the pro-hunting candidates who’ve been avoiding us and the glare of publicity we bring with us.
Today the Fox Tour heads back into England. We’ll reveal the constituency around lunchtime.