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Scottish Nationalists Force Cameron Retreat Over Fox Hunting

Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 08:36 AM

The Scottish National Party flexed its new U.K. parliamentary muscles for the first time, forcing Prime Minister David Cameron to back down over a change to English hunting laws.

Cameron on Tuesday dropped a plan for Parliament to vote Wednesday on a slight easing of the 2004 ban on hunting foxes with dogs, that would have brought English rules into line with Scottish ones.

The change came after SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, who cited English hunting in February as an example of the kind of issue on which SNP lawmakers would abstain, said she'd changed her mind, partly in retaliation over what she saw as disrespect of her members of Parliament by Cameron. The SNP won 56 out of Scotland's 59 seats in the U.K. general election.

"Since the election, David Cameron's government has shown very little respect to the mandate Scottish MPs have," Sturgeon told the BBC. "So if there is an opportunity, as there appears to be here, and on an issue where David Cameron appears to be out of touch with majority English opinion as well, to actually remind the government of how slender their majority is, that is an opportunity we will take."

Sturgeon has been particularly angered by Cameron's decision to press ahead with measures that would restrict the right of lawmakers from Scottish districts to vote in the House of Commons on English-only matters.

Provoking Voters

The SNP's decision to intervene shows how the coming years are likely to play out, as both nationalists and the Conservatives seek issues to provoke voter sentiment against the other side that they feel builds support for their own camp. That may pave the way for another referendum on Scottish independence.

"It is disappointing," Cameron's spokeswoman, Helen Bower, told reporters. "His view is that it's now for Nicola Sturgeon to explain why they're going against their long- standing principle, and explain why something that's fine for Scotland isn't good enough for England and Wales."

The retreat is a reminder that while Cameron's Conservatives have nearly 100 more seats in Parliament than Labour, they only have a slender 16-seat majority, making it difficult to push through measures that lack total Tory support.

The hunting measure is likely to come back later in the year if Cameron can find a way to prevent Scots lawmakers voting on it. In itself, it was of only symbolic importance: Former Prime Minister Tony Blair said in his memoirs he had designed the hunting bill to placate supporters of his Labour Party without actually stopping hunting.

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