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Lion trophy


Following our plea to to UK residents to contact their MP if they are unhappy about the WildCru report recommending to Defra that continued lion trophy hunting is a valid conservation tool, we continue to have a wonderful response from lion lovers all over the UK.

We are compiling a list of MPs contacted and we will update this list with the replies received as they come in.

Hopefully the letters sent by constituents will open a dialogue with MPs from which we can share the scientific facts and hopefully garner much needed political support to save this iconic species from its increasingly fast slide into extinction.

If you haven't sent your letter yet to your local MP, then click this link for a template letter and a handy MP finder for those who are unsure which MP to contact.

Here is the current list of MPs that have been contacted so far. Please check the list and if you have written to your MP and you are not listed here. then please can you let us know by emailing us on it is important that we have an up to date list.


Corri Wilson Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock SNP Alex Craig  Trying to organise a Round Table discussion of MPs about lions
Paul Scully Sutton and Cheam Conservative Alison Hambleton  Std reply sent back! Meeting requested.
Paul Scully Sutton and Cheam Conservative Simon Hambleton  Std reply sent back! Meeting requested.
Paul Scully Sutton and Cheam Conservative Michael Bance  Std reply sent back! Meeting requested.
Matt Warman Boston and Skegness Conservative Caldwell Smythe  
Gerald Jones Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Labour Ann Harris  
Nusrat Ghani Wealdon, Sussex Conservative Tanya MacRae  
Diane Abbott Hackney N/Stoke Newington Labour Lev Bozdere  

George Hollingberry


Meon Valley Conservative Shirley Aung

Std reply sent back! Meeting requested.  Is NOT attending the Round Table discussion!

George Hollingberry

Meon Valley Conservative Diane Keen  

Jackie Doyle-Price

Thurrock Conservative Sarah Dyer  

David Lammy

Tottenham Labour Sammy Banin  

Alan Brown

Kilmarnock/Loudoun SNP Marie Richmond  

Ian Lucas

Wrexham Labour Sue Jazuk  

Heather Wheeler

S. Derbyshire Conservative Karen Cooper  

Roger Mullin

Kirkcaldy/Cowdenbeath SNP Rebecca Davies  

Debbie Abrahams

Oldham E./Saddleworth Labour Carl Davidson  

Neil Carmichael

Stroud Conservative Julien Crowther  MP sent back "standard reply"

Fiona Bruce

Congleton Conservative Linda Reid  

Craig Mackinlay

South Thanet Conservative Caroline Mason
Replied in a positive sense but does need better advisors. Meeting to be requested.

Robert Syms

Poole Conservative Camilla Baines  

Tim Loughton

E. Worthing/Shoreham Conservative Kaz Cobb  

Dawn Butler

Brent Central Labour Denise Dresner  

Kevin Barron

Rother Valley Labour Paul Carnall  

Andrew Tyrie

Chichester Conservative Jan Harvell  

Steve Brine

Winchester Conservative Lynne Horspool  

Eleanor Laing

Epping Forest Conservative Inez Collier  

David Torrance

Mid Scotland/Fife SNP Rebecca Davies  

George Kerevan

East Lothian SNP Gill Sleigh

 SNP colleague, Paul Monahan, written to Defra who then gave the std reply


The Rt. Hon. Mark Francois

Rayleigh/Wickford Conservative Sue Camp  

Andrew Smith

Oxford Labour Lulu Griffin-Wroe  
MP is unhappy with lion trophy hunting and is contacting the SOS.

Heidi Alexander

Lewisham East Labour Jackie Downey  

Kelly Tolhurst

Rochester and Strood Conservative Helga Helgs Holle  

Neil Parish

Tiverton and Honiton Conservative Lynne Chitty  

Philip Hammond

Runymede/Weybridge Conservative David Gardiner  MP replied. He has emailed Andrea Leadsom about the issue.

Gavin Shuker

Luton South Labour Christie Wood  

Ben Bradshaw

Exeter Labour Barbara Jacqueline Jones  Positive reply from MP! We will contact him in January.

Stella Creasy

Walthamstow Labour Tina Smythe  

Stuart Andrew

Pudsey Conservative Mark Zaretti  

Julian Sturdy

York Conservative Paul Christian  

Charlie Elphicke

Dover and Deal Conservative Christine Macsween Trying for an Adjournment debate on lions

Charlie Elphicke

Dover and Deal Conservative Pieter Kat Trying for an Adjournment debate on lions

Mark Lancaster

N.E.Milton Keynes Conservative Sue Grainger  

Gill Furniss

Sheffield/Brightside/Hillsborough Labour Peter Cross  MP has written to Defra.

Henry Smith

Crawley Conservative Sue Stuart  
Positive reply from MP! We will contact Henry in January!

Chris Heaton-Harris

Daventry Conservative Christopher Foster  Std letter sent back. Meeting with MP sought

Richard Fuller

Bedford Conservative Michelle Hayward  

Adam Afriyie

Windsor Conservative Clare Oxenham Standard reply sent back.

Angela Raynor

Ashton under Lyne Labour Chris Sharon Edwards  V. encouraging reply. Does not support WildCru position.

Brandon Lewis

Great Yarmouth Conservative Paul Stone  

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan

Tooting Labour Susie Raimes  

Rt Hon Anne Milton

Guildford Conservative David Boultwood  
Rt Hon Anne Milton Guildford Conservative Vanessa Boultwood

 MP written to Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Under Sec of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity. He sent on to Andrea Leadsom who has replied that there are no plans to stop the import of lion trophies into the UK


Rt Hon Anne Milton Guildford Conservative Irene Kiddle  
Rt Hon Nick Herbert Arundel & South Downs Conservative Carolyn Kirby  
Rt Hon Rory Stewart Penrith & the Border Conservative Susie Raimes  
Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom South Northamptonshire Conservative David Gardiner via Philip Hammond  
Chris Davies Brecon & Radnorshire Conservative Mark Oliver  
Greg Hands Chelsea and Fulham Conservative John Rendall  Std reply sent back
Rt Hon Michael Gove Surrey Heath Conservative Amanda/Lisa Halfpenny St reply sent back
Jacob Rees-Mogg N.E. Somerset Conservative Cori Ryan  
Dr Dan Poulter Central Suffolk & Ipswich Conservative Stephen Wiggins  
Tom Watson West Bromwich East Labour Jen Nolan  
Natascha Engel N.E. Derbyshire Labour Wendy King Supports a complete ban
Rob Wilson Reading East Conservative   Carey Widdows
Chris Philp Croydon South Conservative Melody Lee-Gattenby  


If other family members and/or friends have also written to same or different MPs, please can you let us know? It really is vital we keep this list as up to date as possible!!


If you haven't contacted your MP yet but wish to see the UK ban the importation of lion trophies and to condemn the practice on the international stage, then please make the time to do it now. MPs are there to serve their constituents and they can only act if you communicate your views to them.

Lions cannot do this for themselves but you can really make a difference now.


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