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Scots to get extra powers despite ‘English votes’ row

Prime Minister David Cameron is hosting senior Conservative MPs at a meeting at Chequers to tackle the “West Lothian question”.

The three main parties’ pledge to hand the Scottish Parliament far greater powers following last week’s referendum has angered English MPs. The rights of Scottish MPs to vote on issues that only affect England, known as the West Lothian question, will be a key point of discussion at the Chequers summit, the BBC reports.

The Financial Times says the Government has admitted the Prime Minister will push ahead with devolution for Scotland regardless of the progress of plans to limit Scottish MPs’ voting powers. There is no promise that the two proposals will be completed at the same time.

Number 10 said at the weekend: “We will deliver on Scottish devolution. Alongside that, we will also deliver clear proposals on English votes – there is no backtracking or change.”

In an interview with the Guardian, chief secretary to the Treasury Scottish MP Danny Alexander emphasised the need to separate the debate around devolution.

”It has always been the case that the Scottish process must be independent of any other political discussions and must be dealt with according to the timetable we set out.”

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown led plans for Scottish ‘Home Rule’ in the weeks leading up to the referendum on Scottish independence as the polls narrowed.

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  1. The pledges given by Mr Cameron – and Gordon Brown – known as the worst Prime Minister Britain – ever had. . . should be upheld immediately. The fact these Parties cobbled together their solution at the last minute demonstrates the incompetence of these people. They have had two years to sort these out – and like pensions FAILED. NHS Failed Education Failed !

  2. Hopefully Scottish MPs will have the good grace to abstain from any votes affecting England whilst increased plans for devolution ar eput through.

  3. Why should Scottish MP’s abstain from voting in our New United Kingdome – to which they signed up to ?

  4. There are a lot of Scottish and Welsh Labour MPs that vote on English issues and Labour want to keep it that way, it’s how they set up devolution. They don’t want that to change otherwise they loose some power over English votes. Thats where the log jam has been all this time because Labour and Lib Dems vote it down.

  5. @Ian Lees

    This issue is not Scottish MP’s voting on UK matters it’s Scottish MP’s voting on English matters. I don’t think anyone would suggest that Scottish MP’s shouldn’t vote on UK matters.

  6. Nick you mught have missed but we are British now ! after our vote ! not when it suits the English as in The British Olympics or was it ” The London Olympics” British appears to be a pick and mix as and when it suits . .Westminster . . . .for politics and destruction of each political party . . . .rather than for the benefit of the Nation .. .or the people of Great Britain . . . . .

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