Antoinette Sandbach is the Conservative MP for Eddisbury, first elected in 2015. She was previously a member of the Welsh Assembly for North Wales, and stood as a candidate for Delyn in the 2010 UK general election.
In June 2011, the Labour government in Wales announced that an independent panel would be reviewing the evidence for culling badgers to control bovine TB, and that pending the review's conclusions there would be no cull. The Welsh Conservatives responded with a statement quoting Sandbach as their Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs:
- "There is no question that this is a miserable day for our farmers.
- "By effectively shelving the pilot cull, the Welsh Labour government has cruelly betrayed the farming industry right across Wales.
- "Three months ago – following scientific evidence – the Minister voted for this scheme.
- "Now – despite a manifesto committed to a ‘science-led approach’ on this – he has kicked it into the long grass.
- "We urgently need to see the specific legal and scientific evidence that has led to this postponement. I also want a breakdown of the full cost of putting the eradication policy on hold and conducting a review.
- "Bovine TB continues to take a dreadful toll on our farming communities. Today’s announcement has dealt them another severe blow."
However, scientific evidence for the effectiveness of culling has been questioned by some in the scientific community. In particular, the ISG report of 2007 concluded that "Badger culling cannot meaningfully contribute to the future control of cattle TB in Britain."
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