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  MPs vote to ban hunting with dogs
Updated 15 September 2004, 18.41
Thousands of protesters came to London
MPs have voted to ban fox hunting with dogs by a majority of 356 to 166.

The ban won't become law until it's passed by the House of Lords. MPs also have to discuss when the ban will come in, as some people want to delay it.

But many people are more worried by the fact that pro-hunt protestors broke into the House of Commons while the politicians were discussing the ban.

Five people ran into the Commons chamber and held up the debate by 20 minutes while they were dealt with.

It was the second time protesters have broken into the Commons in recent months, after flour was thrown at Tony Blair by a fathers' rights group

People of all ages attended the protest
People of all ages attended the protest

If the House of Lords don't pass the ban, the government may use a special power - The Parliament Act - to make sure the proposal becomes law.

This will mean they can force it through without the Lords' agreement.

However, any ban is not likely to become law until November 2006.

The government says this will give people involved in hunting time to find alternative employment and to rehome the dogs they use.

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