30 June 2016 – Home Secretary Theresa May, who was one of the strongest supporters of the EU gun ban in the EU Council, has announced she is running to become leader of the Conservatives.
This bodes ill for the shooting sports as May has been pushing hard at EU level for the gun ban plan’s less sane proposals, including semi-auto bans and pistol bans.
May has the support of the media, judging by coverage of her campaign launch this morning, and her full speech prompted agreeable murmurs from reporters at the scene.
May has also been a staunch supporter of the Snooper’s Charter, currently before Parliament. The Investigatory Powers Bill, to give it its full title, will allow ordinary policemen to spy on your mobile phone data and internet usage without seeking permission, as is the case at present.
Other declared Tory leadership candidates at the time of writing include Stephen Crabb, Michael Gove, Andrea Leadsom and Liam Fox.