The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) has appointed the controversial former head of Newnham Council, Joe Duckworth, as its new chief executive.

Mr Duckworth will replace current head Douglas Batchelor this summer.

He was the second highest earner in local government last year, with a salary of £241,483 — more than David Cameron.

But he is likely to have to take a cut with LACS. Mr Batchelor reportedly earns around £120,000 each year.

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (24 March, 2011)