West Lothian question


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West Lothian question

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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Brit the apparent inconsistency that members of parliament who represent Scottish constituencies are eligible to vote at Westminster on matters that relate only to England, whereas members of parliament from English constituencies are not eligible to vote on Scottish matters
[C20: because the issue was first raised by the Scottish politican Tam Dalyell (born 1932) at the time when he was MP for West Lothian]
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David Cameron's clumsy, ill-timed attempt to answer the West Lothian question, English Votes for English Laws, is unloved by everyone and has only put the Union at greater risk.
The South East Cambridgeshire MP had joked she had the answer to the "West Lothian Question" - on whether MPs from outside England should vote on English matters.
The changes introduced in October 2015 aim to address the so-called West Lothian question, and ensures English and Welsh MPs must consent to legislation that only affects those countries.
Nick Yonge, of the Tweed Commission, thanked those who campaigned against the levy shake-up for the Tweed as he said it raised fresh concern about the West Lothian Question - a shorthand term which questions how Scottish MPs can vote on English matters.
He said: "It could have been like the West Lothian Question, but they have said they are now ruling out including the Tweed.
This conundrum has been known as the West Lothian question for nearly 40 years, since the MP for the seat at the time, Tam Dalyell, first asked it.
Is the West Lothian Question keeping you awake at night?
It is true that the idea has been around for a very long time in answer to Tam Dalyell's West Lothian Question, which asked why Scots MPs should they be allowed to vote on English matters when in Westminster.
When is the West Lothian question going to be addressed so that the elected representatives of the English constituencies have the sole rights to determine the optimum way forward for the economy over the next four years; leave the Scottish elected MPs to feather their own nest north of the border?
Pressure to find a solution to the so-called West Lothian question was fuelled by Westminster's promise of extra powers for Holyrood during the Scottish independence referendum campaign.
He also pointed out that, with the 'West Lothian question' tackled, we would encounter a London question.
I've always been interested in the West Lothian question, about whether an MP who represents an area of Scotland should be allowed to vote on English matters, but this is true for any part of the UK.
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