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New Labour's countrysideRural policy in Britain since 1997$
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Mike Woods

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349323

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349323.001.0001

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Hunting: New Labour success or New Labour failure?

Hunting: New Labour success or New Labour failure?

(p.95) Six Hunting: New Labour success or New Labour failure?
New Labour's countryside

Michael Woods

Policy Press

This chapter traces the prolonged struggle behind the 2004 Hunting Act in Great Britain. It provides background information on the Labour Party's historical engagement with hunting as an issue over the last century. The chapter chronicles the events that led to the passage of the Hunting Act. These include the sparking of the hunting debate by the Foster Bill in 1997, the workings of the Burns Inquiry towards evidence-based policy making, and the search for compromise in Labour's second term. The chapter argues that the ban on the hunting of wild mammals with hounds represented not a triumph for New Labour but rather the failure of the New Labour leadership to persuade legislators to back a distinctive ‘third-way’ approach based on compromise and evidence-based policy.

Keywords:   Hunting Act, Great Britain, Labour Party, Foster Bill, Burns Inquiry, policy making

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