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Speaking during a Podcast for The Telegraph, the widely-despised former Health Secretary revealed his plans, stating that he would support a vote in Parliament if he gets into Number 10:
“I would soon – as there was a majority (in) Parliament that would be likely to repeal the fox hunting ban – then I would support a vote in Parliament. […] I would vote to repeal the ban on fox hunting. It is part of the countryside.”
Hunt’s announcement comes despite the outgoing PM Theresa May’s same pledge to repeal the hunting ban being received extremely badly by the public during the 2017 General Election campaign.
According to a YouGov poll conducted last year, a huge 85% of the general public are in favour of keeping the ban on fox hunting which was introduced by Labour in 2004.
Hunt’s promise to repeal the ban has already come in for significant criticism from all sides of the political spectrum, with many speculating that the pledge may simply be intended to win over Tory members ahead of the crucial leadership vote between himself and Boris Johnson later this month.
However, if this is the case, Hunt’s team do not appear to have done their research, with a further poll showing that just 16% of Tory voters supported Theresa May’s pledge to repeal the fox hunting ban in 2017, with a full 50% opposing it.
I reckon – oh – an hour before Jeremy Hunt backtracks from this – a pledge to legalise fox hunting! … peak craziness. And there’s been some craziness. #shooting #yourself #inthefoot https://t.co/Pzwv8hX0BA
— Steve Hawkes (@steve_hawkes) July 3, 2019
Fox hunting?! There comes a point when your pandering becomes so transparent that *everyone* can see through it. https://t.co/N0KBh3wpiT
— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) July 3, 2019
Big gamble from Jeremy Hunt.
There are few issues more polarising than fox hunting, as Theresa May knows all too well. https://t.co/4PmcgVbE0R
— Harry Yorke (@HarryYorke1) July 3, 2019
What a stupid stupid man.
The modicum of respect I had for you @Jeremy_Hunt has disappeared.
Trying to legalise fox hunting turned out really well for Mrs May didn’t it?
The foxes in my garden are more than welcome, even if they do occasionally raid the bins! https://t.co/oqZTSt7NY6
— Charlie Proctor (@MonarchyUK) July 3, 2019
Jeremy Hunt has seriously just revealed that he'll legalise fox hunting if he becomes PM.
Not only is the announcement completely out of touch with public opinion, it's also a reminder of just how callous, uncaring, and downright evil towards their fellow beings Tories are.
— Evolve Politics (@evolvepolitics) July 3, 2019