Yesterday the SNP said its 56 MPs would vote against government proposals to relax the hunting ban. The Government subsequently said it would postpone the vote and introduce new proposals "in due course".
The issue caused some controversy because such a move would not affect Scotland, and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon undertook a number of media interviews to emphasise her party’s stance:
On Twitter, senior Conservative Grant Shapps summarised the views of many:
Now I'm no fan of fox hunting, but SNP preparing to vote on this English & Wales only issue shows why English Votes for English Laws needed!— Grant Shapps (@grantshapps) July 14, 2015
There was also the view that the SNP’s stance could backfire on the party as it would be forced to confront the issue of whether MPs north of the border should be allowed to vote on issues that do not affect Scotland:
The Tory trap for the SNP over fox-hunting is an act of moustache-twirling evil genius.— Hugo Rifkind (@hugorifkind) July 13, 2015
But others said it highlighted a weakness of the Conservative Party:
Tories May 2015: Don't vote Labour. The SNP will dictate government policy. July 2015: *cancel fox-hunting vote because of SNP*— David Schneider (@davidschneider) July 14, 2015
Meanwhile, 20-year old Black, the youngest person ever to be elected as an MP, received many positive responses on social media to her first speech in the Commons yesterday.
After joking that she is the only 20-year-old in the UK whom George Osborne was helping with her housing bill, Black slated the Government for cutting housing benefit and urged Labour MPs not to vote for the planned cut to tax credits. Black said: "I reach out a genuine hand of friendship that I can only hope will be taken. Let us come together. Let us be that opposition."
If you haven't already seen it, watch this - the SNP's Mhairi Black is incredible on housing and benefits: https://t.co/a1WVA1pJrt— Jane Bradley (@jane__bradley) July 15, 2015