Saturday 26 December 2020 / 7:15 AM Luke Pollard

Boxing Day hunts go ahead after Government exempts fox-hunting Tory donors from Covid restrictions

Labour has accused the Government of having one rule for them and another for everyone else after exempting Boxing Day hunts from Covid restrictions ​outside Tier 4. Hundreds of hunts are scheduled to take place today.

 

New research has revealed that the Conservatives and Boris Johnson have taken over £1 million from donors linked to hunting.

 

Hedge fund boss Johan Christofferson has donated almost £200,000 to the Tories, most recently contributing £36,000 to Boris Johnson in 2019. Christofferson was a fox hunt master on the Isle of Wight. He is joined by the Samworth brothers, who between them have donated £860,000 to the Conservatives. David Samworth is a former Quorn Hunt leader.

 

Animal welfare charity, the League Against Cruel Sports, has revealed that 69 per cent of the public thinks trail hunting should be banned, and only 25 per cent agree that hunting should be exempted from the Rule of Six.

 

Luke Pollard MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, said:

 

“Families across the country are rightly following Covid restrictions this Christmas. But for those whose passion is hunting it is a festive free-for-all, after the Conservatives exempted them from restrictions outside Tier 4.

 

“Yet again, it’s one rule for the Conservatives and their mates, another for everybody else.

 

“We need to close the loopholes so fox hunting can be consigned to the history books where it belongs.”