The Lib Dems have not agreed with the Conservatives to make any amendments to the Hunting Act, indeed the Prime Minister confirmed on 26 March that no attempt would be made by the government. As part of the Coalition Agreement after the 2010 general election, the Lib Dems accepted that there will at some point be a free vote under this government on whether or not the Hunting Act as a whole should be repealed. Currently no date has been set for this.
I voted strongly in favour of the Hunting Act and my stance on this issue is very firm. I would also add that for me this is not a civil liberties issue, rather an animal welfare issue and, frankly, I find it hard to understand why anyone would get enjoyment from “sport” that inflicts such cruelty on animals.
I assure you that I will attend the vote – if and when it takes place – and I will of course oppose a repeal of the Act. I will also, when the opportunity presents itself, make my views on this issue clear to my coalition colleagues.
In summary, there are currently no proposals before parliament to amend the Hunting Act or repeal it, and no date agreed for a future vote as yet.