CAMERON COMMONS BAN ON SCOTS MPS; Tories Bow to English Anger over Voting; Cameronmove to Limit Scots MPs

The Mail on Sunday (London, England), April 11, 2010 | Go to article overview

CAMERON COMMONS BAN ON SCOTS MPS; Tories Bow to English Anger over Voting; Cameronmove to Limit Scots MPs


Byline: Michael Tait SCOTTISH POLITICAL REPORTER

SCOTTISH MPs will be banned from voting on 'English-only' laws under a new Conservative Government.

Tory leader David Cameron will unveil his party's election manifesto this week with a promise to stop MPs from Scotland - and the other devolved countries - from meddling with legislation affecting only England.

The ability of non-English MPs to influence policy areas such as education and health has become an increasing source of resentment among voters south of the Border since devolution in 1999.

Six years ago, the Government was only able to force through its university tuition fees Bill with the backing of more than 40 Scottish Labour MPs - even though the proposals did not affect their own constituents. Mr Cameron is determined to avoid such a scenario occurring on his watch should the Tories win the General Election on May 6.

The commitment from the Tories confirms his plans to tackle the controversial West Lothian Question.

The introduction of new rules in the House of Commons for English-only laws will be based on the recommendations of Kenneth Clarke's Democracy Taskforce paper, which sought to find a way of rebalancing the British constitution in the wake of devolution. This would see the creation of a so-called English Grand Committee to deal with 'Englishonly legislation'.

Last night, Shadow Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: 'A Conservative Government. will introduce new rules to ensure that legislation referring specifically to England, or England and Wales, cannot be enacted without the consent of MPs representing constituencies of those countries .'

He added: 'The West Lothian Question is an unfairness that Labour has been determined to ignore. That attitude is irresponsible and quite probably driven by self-interest.

'In contrast, the Conservatives have always been committed to addressing the West Lothian Question. We said that leaving it unanswered not only stood in the way of fully accountable and fair government for England but also put at risk the Union that exists between, and gives considerable benefits to, Scotland and the other nations of the UK.'

Under Mr Clarke's plan, MPs from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would continue to vote on UK-wide matters such as taxation, foreign policy and defence.

Bills that are certified as 'English-only' would pass through the normal House of Commons processes to the Second Reading, where all MPs would vote. But only English-based MPs, based on party strengths, would vote at the crucial committee stage - when substantive changes can be made.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

CAMERON COMMONS BAN ON SCOTS MPS; Tories Bow to English Anger over Voting; Cameronmove to Limit Scots MPs
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.