WOULD-BE Labour MP for Yeovil was showing his support for the anti-hunting group Protect Our Wild Animals in South Somerset on Boxing Day.

Lee Skevington was in Chard ahead of the Cotley Hunt’s annual meeting where he joined in a peaceful protest with POWA in Fore Street.

Mr Skevington told the Yeovil Express that his attendance at the protest was to defend the ban on hunting with dogs but also to draw attention to the need for a strengthening of the Hunting Act 2004.

He said: "If we end up with a Conservative government after the general election we know that the hunting ban will be scrapped as David Cameron has promised another vote on the issue with the aim of completely removing the ban.

“It is the view of the Labour Party that using trained hounds to tear a fox apart is unacceptable. I will be fighting to keep the ban but also to strengthen it."

Mr Skevington claims that the hunting ban itself is yet another example of how far apart the two main political parties are as they head into the general election.

He has hit out at the Conservative Party in saying that "their policy aims to benefit the wealthy few; such as on repealing the hunting ban, raising the inheritance tax threshold and by denouncing our intervention on the economy."

The Labour Party this week has launched its Back the Ban campaign which urges the general public to sign up to support the ban on hunting at www.backtheban.com.