After announcing plans to encourage inner-city children to take up shooting in the countryside, Kate Hoey MP talks to Rural Affairs reporter Sarah Probert about her passion for a prosperous countryside...
Mention the word hunting and Kate Hoey launches into a tirade which would make her fellow backbenchers seethe.
While many of Labour's long serving members were more than pleased at the ban on hunting, Ms Hoey has an entirely different view.
For years she has vented her anger in the Commons and finally cemented her outrage when she joined the Countryside Alliance as its new chairman last year.
Since then, as one of Labour's most rebellious MPs, she has hit out at Tony Blair for a lack of understanding for the countryside and insists a ban on hunting with dogs will be repealed in the near future.
But her passions go far beyond hunting, with desires including the prevention of huge development in the countryside, changing current laws on shooting, and easing the pressure supermarkets place on farmers.
During a visit to Worcester, where she attempted to boost morale within the hunting community, she spoke to The Birmingham Post about her concerns.
"What I am interested in is the huge divide between city areas and the countryside.
"There are many people who have no idea what the countryside is like and it has been that way for 30 to 40 years," she explained.
Ms Hoey is keen to promote the Countryside Alliance's latest enterprise - to set up a charitable educational wing promoting country sports to city dwellers.
This will include encouraging children to take up shooting, fishing and learn more about farming.
Her other key aims are to urge more consumers to buy local produce and to lobby for a stricter code of practice to ensure supermarkets ease their grip on farmers.
"The whole question of supermarkets we haven't got to grips with yet as a party and that has to be a priority.
"We should also be looking carefully where we are building in rural areas and not to build and then discover there is no countryside for people who want to experience it. I am not in favour of huge development in rural areas. These things need to be thought through very carefully, it needs to be a bottom-up approach."
Ms Hoey may represent the very urban Vauxhall constituency in London but her roots are entirely rural, growing up as a pig farmer's daughter in Co Antrim.
She learnt to ride bareback and has been out hunting a number of times, although she says she has been too busy to hunt since the ban came into force last February (apart from a protest ride the day after it was implemented).
Instead, she spends her weekends in her constituency of Vauxhall but insists hunts are managing to thrive by exploiting loopholes in the law.
"Hunts are continuing to hunt within the law using many of the anomalies and testing the law. The law is a bit of a hotch potch with so many loopholes and is nothing to do with either the fox or any hunted species. It is more about a small number of MPs deciding they wanted to ban this for revenge."
Ms Hoey lambasted anti-hunt protesters who she believes are now targeting shooting and fishing.
She said: "Some of the antis are only interested in banning anything to do with country field sports and shooting will be next. And with some of the measures MPs are pushing through, such as trying to increase the age you can start shooting, will have a tremendous detrimental effect on competitive shooting.
"We have got a record as one of the strongest shooting nations at the Olympics and if youngsters don't have a chance to try we will lose this talent."