1. ITV Report

Labour calls on the SNP to vote against Conservative plans to amend law on fox hunting

Members of the Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent Hunt Credit: Picture: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

Labour has called on the SNP to vote against Conservative plans to amend the law on fox hunting in England and Wales on Wednesday.

Ministers have put forward changes to the Hunting Act, to bring England and Wales in line with Scotland on using dogs to flush out foxes to be shot.

Labour plans to oppose the proposed changes in the Commons on Wednesday but the way the 56 SNP MPs vote could prove crucial to the outcome.

In a letter to the SNP's Westminster leader Angus Robertson, Labour frontbenchers Ian Murray and Maria Eagle called for SNP support.

"Many people, including in Scotland, will oppose any move by the Government to water down the existing law in England. We are sure you, and members of the SNP group, will have already received representations from constituents and others in this regard"

– Ian Murray and Maria Eagle

SNP MPs do not usually vote on matters which do not affect Scotland, but a spokesman said the party would examine the details of the Government's proposals before deciding how to proceed.