Manifestos are launched, key points are highlighted – and the media caravan moves on. This series turns a spotlight on the Conservative Manifesto and returns to policy announcements that some will have missed.
Last time round, Theresa May promised a free vote on foxhunting, as David Cameron did in 2015. She herself said during the campaign that she had “always supported” it.
This time, the manifesto baldly declares: “We will make no changes to the Hunting Act”.
This form of wording does not actually rule out providing a free vote, or the Government giving time to a Private Members’ Bill on the matter, but to do either would surely be a breach of the spirit, though not the letter, of this pledge.
It is the latest step in a Tory journey away from providing support for foxhunting by one means or another.