West Lothian Question

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 22nd June 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Turner Andrew Turner Conservative, Isle of Wight 11:30 am, 22nd June 2011

Does my hon. Friend agree that the last thing we want, having passed the Scotland Bill and with new powers devolved to Wales, is another expensive parliamentary assembly or talking shop in England, as the British Parliament here can cope with English matters, but decided by English MPs?


Stephen Gash
Posted on 23 Jun 2011 1:07 pm (Report this annotation)

As far as England is concerned the UK Parliament is nothing better than a talking shop.

All the disadvantages dumped on England since devolution are the sole responsibilty of Tory MPs, who would not exist if not for the English vote.

Tory neglect of English needs has verged on betrayal. This shows exactly why England needs its own parliament to focus on England. The next to useless UK parliament can then be vastly reduced in size. This will mean far fewer politicians and certainly fewer expensive wars.