Rock legend Brian May has written to Northampton South MP David Mackintosh to thank him for his ‘brave’ stance in the recent fox hunting debate.
The vote on relaxing the hunting ban in England and Wales was postponed earlier in July, shortly after the Scottish National Party (SNP) said it would vote against the changes.
But a number of Conservative MPs, including Mr Mackintosh had also revealed they would rebel against the proposed government amendments to the Hunting Act in Parliament.
Queen guitarist and founder of the Save Me Trust, which campaigns for the welfare of foxes in England and Wales, Brian May,has written a letter to Mr Mackintosh to thank him for the principled stance.
In it he wrote: “The Government decided not to press ahead with their thinly disguised attack on the Hunting Act, and although it has been reported - in some quarters - that this was due to parliamentary politics, I and Team Fox know that it was down to the huge dissatisfaction from the general public of plans to relax existing legislation on fox hunting.”
He went on to say: “I would particularly like to thank your MP David Mackintosh who I know indicated that he was going to vote against the proposals.
“I have learned from my time inside Parliament lobbying on animal welfare that it is still hard for MPs to go against their own leadership’s plans, even when it is a free vote.
“David was incredibly brave to stand up for our foxes especially under real pressure from the pro-hunt lobby.”
More than 1,000 emails were sent by members of the public to MPs to vote against the amendments in the Fox Hunting Bill.
Mr Mackintosh, said: “I do not take voting against my Party lightly, but having carefully considered the proposals for amending the Fox Hunting Act, and after listening to the views of my constituents, I could not in good conscience vote for them so will be voting against.”