Conservatives Pledge Free Vote on Repeal of the Hunting Act

Conservative Leader and Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged that the Conservative Manifesto will contain a commitment to offering MPs a free vote on lifting the ban of hunting with dogs in the next Parliament.

A free vote is where MPs are not subject to an instruction from their party leadership on how they should vote and are instead allowed to vote with their conscience. This could mean cabinet ministers taking opposing views on the issue when it is brought to a vote. Conservative candidates standing at the election also have mixed views on whether the Hunting Act should be repealed.

Mrs May gave no indication on when any such vote would take place meaning the vote could be anytime between 2017 and the time of the next election in 2022.  

Labour and the Liberal Democrats are not expected to make a similar commitment in their manifestos.