Badger cull vote sees MPs divided on issues

Badger emerges from its sett in a Forestry Commission wood in North Yorkshire.
Badger emerges from its sett in a Forestry Commission wood in North Yorkshire.

A vote this week on whether a badger cull can go ahead or not has split Hucknall and Bulwell.

The Labour Party had called for a motion in Parliament to stop the imminent cull of badgers in two pilot areas in the South West of England.

The party said that the cull was not based on science, but was instead the wrong way to try to stop the spread of bovine TB in cattle.

Bulwell’s MP, Labour’s Graham Allen, voted in favour of the motion, which was defeated by 49 votes, with 299 against and 250 for.

He told the Disptach: “I have long opposed badger culling as a means of controlling Bovine TB as I believe this is environmentally unacceptable, barbaric and ineffective. There is no doubt that the Government need to do something but they need to something which will work.”

The motion and the campaign to prevent the badger cull gained a number of high-profile supporters, including Queen guitarist Brian May.

Despite this, the Government ensured it’s support won the vote, after a hated debate in the House of Commons.

Mark Spencer, the Conservative MP who represents the Hucknall area in his Sherwood constituency, said: “I voted with the Government as I am convinced it is the right thing to do. We don’t have TB in badgers and cows in Nottinghamshire and it would be best to keep it that way.

“Culling isn’t the whole picture though and it has to be part of a master plan.”