Backtrack on Tory backtrack? Err… No.

As we blogged on Sunday, the Sunday Telegraph reported that the Conservative leader, Mr Cameron, is considering options other than a government bill in government time, as had previously been reported. This caused a flurry of activity amongst the hunting PR people, who all denied the story.

Today, the Horse & Hound website publishes a story appearing to prove that the Conservatives haven’t changed their position and that they have promised a free vote.

But all is not quite that clear.

The Conservatives have confirmed that they will offer a free vote; that was never denied. What the ST reported was a change in policy away from a government bill in government time, and no-one has denied that.

For the avoidance of doubt, we ask the Conservatives the following question: Is your intention, if you form the next government and a free vote is in favour of repeal, to introduce a government bill in government time, or leave it to a backbench Private Member’s Bill, to effect the repeal?

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