Government plans to put forward a bill relaxing rules on fox hunting in England and Wales have been pulled after the SNP revealed the party's MP's would vote against the proposal.
The SNP's stance meant the bill, which would only apply in England and Wales, was unlikely to win a majority in the House of Commons.
Fox hunting is currently banned throughout Britain - but in Scotland an unlimited amount of dogs can be used by farmers or landowners to flush out foxes.
In England and Wales there is a limit of just two dogs and the Government had wanted to amend the law to bring it in line with Scotland.
SNP MPs will vote against a bill to relax fox hunting laws in England and Wales.
A vote will be held in Westminster on Wednesday 15th July. The proposals would bring hunting laws in line with legislation in Scotland. But the SNP vote is likely to influence the result.
The party say it shows they can "wield real power" against an "arrogant government".
Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP and SNP rural affairs spokesperson Calum Kerr says the party are now looking at legislation north of the border.
Alex Salmond says he has no ambition to lead the SNP Group at Westminster after declaring he is standing to become an MP.
The former First Minister is hoping to represent the Gordon seat in Aberdeenshire, which includes part of his current Holyrood constituency.
Mr Salmond stepped down as First Minister and the leader of the SNP party last month, after the Scottish people voted "no" in the independence referendum.
Former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond has announced his candidacy to run for Westminster in the Gordon seat.
Speaking in Ellon to a meeting of his local party he said:
Scotland's former First Minister Alex Salmond is to launch a bid to win a seat at Westminster in next year's general election.
Mr Salmond stepped down as SNP leader and First Minister last month.
It is understood he will stand in the Gordon constituency, a seat that shares some areas with his Aberdeenshire East Holyrood constituency.
Mr Salmond will set out his plans in a speech in Ellon in Aberdeenshire later this morning.
As the south of England deals with severe flooding, businesses in Dumfries and Galloway are calling for more flood relief to be spent here.
Many properties were damaged during the floods and storms at the start of the year, and after the Prime Minister stated money was no object for flooding victims, people in Scotland want to know how much funding will come north of the border.
Our reporter Fiona McIlwraith has been to speak to two businesses who have been affected.
Dumfries and Galloway council have called on the Scottish government to help them finance local flood defences.
Last week the Prime Minister said 'money was no object' in helping those in the South of England affected by the recent severe flooding.
But Councillor Colin Smyth has asked whether David Cameron's comments would mean Scottish communities hit by flooding would also receive help.
Dumfries and Galloway council have called on the Scottish government to help them finance flood defences schemes to protect the region from future problems.
Last week Prime Minister David Cameron said that money was no object in helping parts of South of England after severe flooding.
Dumfries and Galloway also experienced flooding in December and, as businesses and homes are still coming to terms with the damage, councillors are asking that funds are made available for the region.
Flood victims in Dumfries and Galloway are calling on Westminster to offer them they same support the South of England have been promised.
Many homes and businesses have been affected by flooding in the area, and council officials say residents deserve some of the money David Cameron promised to flood hit families in Somerset.
In 2013 Carol Wither suffered flooding at her shop "Granny's Kitchen" which is in Newton Stewart.
She feels more money is needed to help with local residents and shop keepers prevent flooding.