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Andrea Leadsom tells ITV News her views on gay marriage, fox hunting, HS2, Heathrow and going to war

Andrea Leadsom could be our Prime Minister by the autumn. I must admit I don't know her very well, so today I asked Mrs Leadsom a few questions on where she stands on key issues.

Her answers will please many Conservative Party members, others may be less keen.

The Number 10 hopeful told me that she does not support gay marriage law because of "hurt caused to many Christians."

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The South Northants MP also said she would hold a vote to bring back fox hunting and would review HS2.

Andrea Leadsom on:

  • HS2 - which would run through her constituency

HS2 is an enormously expensive project... What I would want to do is an early review of are we sure this offers the best value for money, and if it does then I would commit to going ahead with it but if it doesn't we would have to look at other possibilities that deliver further passenger capacity.

– Andrea Leadsom
  • Gay Marriage

I believe the love of same sex couples is every bit as valuable as that of opposite sex couples, absolutely committed to that. But nevertheless, my own view actually, is that marriage in the biblical sense is very clearly from the many Christians who wrote to me can only be between a man and a woman.

I would have preferred for Civil Partnerships to be available to heterosexual and gay couples and for marriage to have remained as a Christian service for men and women who wanted to commit in the eyes of God.

I don't think the Anglican Church should be forced down a route where many Christians aren't comfortable about it.

– Andrea Leadsom
  • Fox Hunting

I would absolutely commit to holding a vote to repeal the hunting ban. It has not proven to be in the interests of animal welfare whatsoever. I do believe we need a proper licensed regime which works much better and is more focused on animal welfare.

– Andrea Leadsom

She does not yet have a view on Heathrow expansion, but says she would make an "early decision with the benefit of the facts" on whether to build a third runway.

Addressing the publication of the Iraq inquiry, she said that if she were prime minister, taking the decision to go to war would always be a "last resort."

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