Unlike Theresa May’s more widely-publicised u-turn on whether to put a cap on payments towards in-home social care, you can believe the Tories will stick to this u-turn – it’s a back-hander for their friends.

Here’s Tom Pride to explain:

Under David Cameron the Conservatives had pledged – along with other UK political parties – to put into place a ban on ivory trading. This follows bans by China, the US and other important ivory trading countries to end domestic trades in ivory by the end of 2017.

But there is no mention of the ban in Theresa May’s Tory 2017 manifesto. Sneakily, the Tories have decided to DROP their previous commitment to introducing a total ban on ivory trade in Britain. This comes after heavy pressure from wealthy antiques traders who have been lobbying Teresa May hard to drop the ban on ivory.

The most powerful UK antique traders association is the British Antique Dealers’ Association – whose president is Tory MP and pal of Theresa May, Lady Victoria Borwick.

Source: Tories BOW to wealthy antiques dealers and DROP ban on elephant ivory in manifesto

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