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Circus animal ban

Midnight_Caller
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Circus animal ban

Hi All
Just seen this:
[quote="BBC"]
MPs defy ministers and back ban on wild circus animals
MPs have defied the government and backed a ban on wild animals being used in circuses in England after a heated debate in Parliament.
Tory MP Mark Pritchard's motion was approved without a formal vote.
Earlier, he said he was "threatened" by No 10 and told the prime minister would look upon it "dimly" if he pressed ahead with the debate in the Commons.
Ministers said they would listen to MPs' views but that a ban was not "an immediate possibility".
The motion is not binding on the government but will increase pressure on ministers to act over the issue.
Downing Street said the government would "recognise the will of the House".
At the start of the debate, Mr Pritchard used the first few minutes of his speech to draw attention to what he said had been the government's "mysterious" behaviour over the issue.
He said he had initially been offered a "pretty trivial job" if he agreed either to drop the Commons motion calling for a ban, to amend it or not to press for a vote.
Then, on the eve of the debate, he said he had been contacted by No 10 directly.
"I was offered incentive and reward on Monday and then it was ratcheted up until last night when I was threatened," he said.
"I had a call from the prime minister's office directly. I was told unless I withdraw this motion that the prime minister himself would look upon it very dimly indeed."
Mr Pritchard said he had not "picked a fight" with the government over the issue but "had a message" for Mr Cameron and Conservative whips - who enforce party discipline in the Commons.
"I may just be a little council house lad from a very poor background but that background gives me a backbone, it gives me a thick skin," he said.
"And I am not going to be kowtowed by the whips or even the prime minister of my country on an issue that I feel passionately about, that I have conviction about."
The public wanted their MPs to show "a bit of spine" and he would "not be bullied", he added.
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