16 July 1999
Hunt ban plan pays off for Labour

THE governments decision to come out strongly in support of a hunting ban is thought to have pushed the party ahead in a by-election taking place at Eddisbury in Cheshire.

An opinion survey puts Labour on 42%, the Conservatives on 38% and the Liberal Democrats on 17%. It was carried out days after Tony Blair pledged to press ahead with a ban on hunting.

The Conservatives had been favourite to win the seat.

The poll of 500 voters in the Cheshire constituency was done by MORI for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which supports a ban on hunting.