The toffs’ party gun-nuts grab ‘repulsive’ jolly
FIVE Tories accepted an £4,000 expenses-paid jolly shooting partridges and pheasants, the Morning Star can reveal today.
Tory MPs Sir Gerald Howarth, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Graham Brady, Karl McCartney and Bill Wiggin spent a day at the Catton Hall estate in Derbyshire last December.
Catton Hall’s website describes a “glorious private estate, owned by the same family for over 600 years.” It says: “Mixed days of pheasant and partridge” shooting are arranged between November and January each year.
The trip was worth £826.73 per person, according to Parliament’s register of interests.
It was paid for by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), which says it aims to promote a “strong and unified voice for shooting.” It also lists “all-party backing for shooting” and “continued opportunity to go shooting” among its “key aims.”
Yesterday the group defended the expense as “part of BASC’s role in informing politicians of all parties about game shooting.”
But it was only Tories who took up the offer, according to the register.
Labour shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Trickett told the Star: “It’s clear that animals are sentient beings, as we are. To turn killing animals into a sport, especially as a free jolly, I think is something that the majority of British people will find repulsive.