In the 3 votes tonight (Monday 18th March), Michael Fabricant voted (1)
Against the maintenance of a self regulating fox hunting regime (i.e.
against the status quo) and won. [Noes=401, Ayes=154] (2) For a
licensing scheme for fox hunts and lost [Noes=371, Ayes=169] and (3)
Against an all out ban on fox hunting and lost. [Noes=175, Ayes=386]
Michael Fabricant says: "I have never supported unregulated fox hunting
and so I voted with the majority against the present position. But I do
believe that foxes have to be controlled and a licensing scheme seems the
most rational way of achieving this. Alternative ways of culling foxes are
less humane. Nevertheless, the Government has chosen to end fox hunting in
Britain and our countryside will suffer as a consequence.
"But it does seem extraordinary to me that with street crime being at the
highest level ever and the elderly being evicted from nursing homes, Tony
Blair has made it his Government’s priority to ban fox hunting. I believe
it will be a decision he will live to regret."