Welwyn Hatfield MP highlights policies he thinks should be dropped from Conservative’s manifesto

PUBLISHED: 12:30 16 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:37 16 June 2017

MP Grant Shapps

MP Grant Shapps

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Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has revealed which policies he feels should be dropped from the Conservative’s controversial manifesto.

Mr Shapps was re-elected following the poll on June 8, although his 12,153 majority in 2015 was cut to 7,369 – reflecting a trend county-wide.

Asked what policies he thought should be dropped from the manifesto, Mr Shapps highlighted the “silly” fox hunting plans as a particularly unwise idea.

“[It was] absolute insanity to start talking about passing and changing fox hunting laws,” he told the BBC’s Daily Politics show.

“What on earth was that about? It was a moment when I thought there had just been a mistake made – perhaps an off-the-cuff comment, and then I read the manifesto.”

He also said social care plans – dubbed the ‘dementia tax’ – should be shelved, as they “went down like a bucket of sick on the doorstep”, and sent out a signal suggesting the party was not interested in voters who saved money throughout their lives.

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