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MSSH 'Vote-OK' General Election Campaign 31/03/15

posted 31 Mar 2015, 04:27 by Anne-Marie Hutchinson
Are YOU doing your bit?  There are only 36 days left until the General Election – why is it important to Hunting?

The Status Quo 

10 years have passed since the ban on hunting with dogs was passed through Parliament.  Some people who hunt say “What has changed, hunting is carrying on as normal.” Well they could not be more wrong. The reality is that Masters and Hunt Staff everywhere carry the threat of malicious prosecution, and they do this every day, and for every person who goes hunting. 

The Threat 

This status quo is not acceptable. However if the wrong Government gets elected we face an even bigger problem, and hunting could cease entirely. The Campaign to Strengthen the Hunting Act (CSHA) plans to make Hunting impossible and Maria Eagle the Shadow Secretary for DEFRA has said; "Labour consigned fox hunting to the history books-and that’s where it belongs." To find out what they want to do to us click on the link above.

The Alternative

However there is an alternative, Liz Truss MP, Secretary of State for DEFRA has publicly said, “I am absolutely committed to repealing the Hunting Act. I think it is very important. It was an incredibly spiteful piece of legislation that was put in place to appease various left wing interests of the Labour party”.

Some people ask why the Conservatives have not brought forward a vote on repeal. The simple answer is that there were not enough supportive MPS to the vote during this Parliament. We have one chance to have this vote, and one chance to make sure that the numbers are right. There is only one way to do this. Help elect candidates who support Repeal, ultimately resulting in a majority Conservative Government. You can make this happen.

If you are concerned about the future of Hunting, don’t leave it to chance.

Don’t just complain – Campaign.

How can I Help?

Research in this country and abroad has demonstrated that active campaigning within a marginal constituency can make the difference between a candidate winning or losing. Vote-OK proved this in the 2010 General Election.

Vote-OK has identified candidates who understand rural issues to support in a number of marginal constituencies. Rather than just hoping that they get elected - we go out and try to ensure that they do...

There are a number of different things you can do which can be surprisingly rewarding:
  • Join your local Vote-OK network 
  • Deliver leaflets 
  • Stuff envelopes 
  • Put up posters 
  • Group telecanvas from the comfort of your own home 
  • Reward yourself and friends with a drink in the pub afterwards 
What you do is up to you. Helping secure the future of your countryside by getting involved with Vote-OK is easy, effective and it can even be fun - but most of all, it will give you the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing your best to ensure that all that you love and have enjoyed about the countryside will still be there for future generations to appreciate.

Campaigning in the General Election is pivotal to Hunting. We need to urge all supporters to help each other in ensuring that we can all say, “We did as much as we possibly could.”

Give your Vote-OK coordinator all the support he needs - please contact Charlie Moore 07764 255500 or email cmoore@uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk

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