Gloria De Piero: Hunting ban U-turn fear

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In the last couple of weeks I’ve been inundated with hundreds of emails and letters from residents who are outraged at the idea of a return to fox hunting after David Cameron promised in his General Election manifesto to give MPs the opportunity to repeal the ban brought in by Labour over a decade ago.

I can assure everyone who has contacted me that I will oppose any attempt to repeal the Hunting Act. There can be no place in a civilised society for animal cruelty and judging by the sheer number of people who have got in touch with me it’s blindingly obvious the vast majority of local folk still support a ban.

Ashfield Labour candidate Gloria De Piero

Ashfield Labour candidate Gloria De Piero

For any parent, there’s nothing more important than making sure your children get a good education. So I’m concerned after being contacted by parents who have had difficulty getting their little ones a place at their local school. One fed up dad even told me that they had been rejected at all three schools they had applied for and were instead offered a place at a school which is miles away. I’d love to hear from other parents who have found themselves in a similar position so I can raise it with government ministers.

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