Fox predicts hunting debate defeat.
A SUBSTANTIAL number of Conservatives would help defeat attempts to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs, Liam Fox has said.
The Tory former cabinet minister said he would welcome a free vote although predicted there would be enough opposition in the House of Commons to prevent the law being changed.
Prime Minister David Cameron promised to offer MPs a free vote on a Government Bill to repeal the Hunting Act passed by the former Labour administration in 2004 if he won the general election.
The law currently bans the use of dogs to hunt foxes and other wild mammals in England and Wales.
Opposition from the Liberal Democrats prevented Mr Cameron delivering on a similar pledge made in the Conservative manifesto for the 2010 general election.
Appearing on Murnaghan on Sky News, Mr Fox said: "I would like to see a free vote on it.
"Given the balance of the House of Commons I think you will have pretty much all the opposition parties voting against and a substantial number of Conservatives against it. I do not see it happening."