Tuesday, September 28, 1999 Published at 09:42 GMT 10:42 UK
Hunt supporters march on Labour
Tony Blair has promised a vote as soon as possible
Thousands of protesters are gathering near the Labour Party's conference in Bournemouth to stage a mass demonstration against the government's plans to ban fox hunting.
Prime Minister Tony Blair has promised a vote on ending hunting with hounds, a Labour manifesto commitment.
But pro-hunting campaigners say a ban would lead to a way of life being destroyed.
The demonstration follows Monday's rally by farmers, angry at the crisis suffered by the agriculture industry and rural communities.
The Countryside Alliance has attacked the government for neglecting rural concerns.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, he wrote: "The truth is the Countryside Alliance is an organisation created primarily to defend hunting with hounds.
"That's fine. But their priorities should not be confused with the real priorities of those who live in rural areas."
A vote in the forthcoming parliamentary session, would be the second time this Parliament has considered banning hunting with hounds.
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