IF the Tory Party wins the General Election, it has promised to hold a free vote on fox hunting.

From discussions to date it looks as if the Tory Party is in favour of fox hunting, with some sort of regulatory body to oversee it.

However, the Tory Party appears not to be planning to reinstate other hunting with dogs.

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Whichever political party wins, there will be much else to do, but Tory Party paymasters are insisting that the fox hunting debate should be considered a priority.

If you have an interest in animal welfare, please also make it one of your priorities and seek the views of your candidates on this matter.

W Hawdon, Durham.