Guess who’s also voting against Tory plans to relax the fox hunting ban

Guess who's also voting against Tory plans to relax the fox hunting ban
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Well, no-one ever saw the SNP group throwing in its two pence on these fox hunting laws…

Party members will – unsurprisingly – vote against Tory-led plans to relax the ban in England and Wales.

It comes as Government rumblings suggest there are plans afoot to prevent Scottish MPs voting on purely English matters in future.

News of the SNP’s plans to pick a fight with the Government over a law that doesn’t affect Scotland has sent Twitter into meltdown – with divided opinion.

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SNP Westminster group leader Angus Robertson said: ‘We totally oppose fox hunting, and when there are moves in the Scottish Parliament to review whether the existing Scottish ban is strong enough, it is in the Scottish interest to maintain the existing ban in England and Wales for Holyrood to consider.

‘We are in a situation where the Tory government are refusing to agree to any amendments to improve the Scotland Bill – which are supported by 58 of Scotland’s 59 MPs – and imposing English Votes for English Laws to make Scotland’s representation at Westminster second class.

‘In these circumstances, it is right and proper that we assert the Scottish interest on fox hunting by voting with Labour against the Tories’ proposals to relax the ban.’

In England and Wales, only two dogs can be used to flush out a fox so that a farmer or landowner can shoot it. In Scotland an unlimited number of dogs can be used.

The vote is on Wednesday.

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13 July 2015 | 8:51 pm – Source:


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