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Labour pledges to raise gun licence fees to tackle deficit

Shooters fear punitive increases in gun licence fees after shadow treasury minister says they will be used to plug the budget deficit

Increasing gun licence fees to bring in more cash has risen to the top of the Labour Party’s agenda again, but politicians have yet to confirm that changes to fees will be fair to shooters.

In the latest instance, Chris Leslie MP, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, said that his party plans to use the money raised from a licence fee increase to tackle the budget deficit. This does not tally with previous statements by senior members of the shadow cabinet, who promised that funds raised would be used to bolster police force finances.