On 6 July the Labour MP for Vauxhall made her feelings on foxes incredibly clear when she made a strong plea in the Commons for something to be done about the ever growing numbers of urban foxes in her constituency.
Hoey passionately stated “Who is actually responsible for the increasing problem with dealing with the increasing problem of urban foxes?
“This is something that I’ve had huge numbers of complains about recently… It is an area where nobody takes responsibility”
I’m not suggesting speaker the setting up of a Vauxhall hunt, but I am looking to satisfy and to help those constituents who are finding their lives not just intolerable in their homes… but what can be done and who takes responsibility”
Hoey’s comments coincidentally come after the Government were forced to backtrack on their Manifesto pledge to offer a free vote on repeal of the 2004 Hunting Act. It is widely believed that Hoey would have been one of very few Labour MPs to vote in favour of a repeal of the ban on fox hunting.
In response to her comments, the Speaker of the House John Bercow MP quipped;
“Of course the longer the Honourable Lady is in the Vauxhall constituency, the more terrified the foxes will be”
Additionally the former DEFRA Minister Andrea Leadsom also commented
“They have a cheek going to Vauxhall with the Honourable Lady’s views of foxes”
Considering the Government’s plans to repeal the Hunting ban were shelved due to widespread public backlash, what do you make of Hoey’s comments regarding urban foxes?