FORMER Cabinet minister Robin Cook is spending the Commons recess
tiger-spotting in India.
The Livingston MP and his wife Gaynor will spend the full week of the MP's holidays looking for the fabled big cat.
And he hopes that their efforts may help preserve the magnificent animal from extinction.
Speaking from Delhi, the Indian capital, he said: "I'm going tiger-spotting for the week. It's something I've always wanted to do and I'm really looking forward to it.
"Gaynor and I hope to see several. We're told it's the dry season and the vegetation is not too high so hopefully we can see them before they can see us.
"It was something that while I was Foreign Secretary I could never do. You got off the plane at the airport, went to a host of official functions and got on the plane back."
He added: "Being out of the Cabinet certainly has its compensations. I could never have done this when I was in government.
"We're coming out on a trip organised with the help of a Tiger Conservation Charity. We want to raise awareness of the plight of the tigers and hopefully do something to ensure that they are saved.
"They're magnificent animals and I'm really looking forward to seeing them in their natural habitat which is where they deserve to be."
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