Michael Heseltine, the former deputy prime minister, will today lead the charge against Labour MP Michael Foster's Bill, and its opponents are confident of killing the Bill in Parliament during its committee stage. It will only take a handful of committed "saboteurs" to kill the Bill in later stages because of the lack of time. Last night, outside Parliament, both sides were maintaining vigils and both were claiming to be confident of success. The hunting lobby pointed to a television poll this week in which a "very significant minority" of 45 per cent voted against a ban. Opponents of hunting heralded a MORI poll which found that 54 per cent of adults in Mr Heseltine's Henley-on-Thames constituency wanted him to support the Bill.
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