MP discusses English-only votes with Prime Minister

Nigel Evans

Nigel Evans

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Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans was invited to the Prime Minister’s country residence to discuss extending the devolution settlement to include English votes for English laws.

Mr Evans said: “I was delighted to be able to attend the summit yesterday at Chequers and am totally in support of the introduction of English only votes on devolved matters. I believe that a consensus was reached on this issue and that we are moving closer to reaching a more acceptable constitutional settlement for all of the British people.

“Given the result of the Scottish referendum and the proposals for more power to be given to the Scottish Parliament it is only right that English voters are afforded the same amount of representation as Scottish voters.

“This is not a means to divide the people but purely an evening out of the democratic playing field. Up to this point, the only people who have lost out in the devolution settlement are the 85 per cent of the population of the UK who live in England.”

He also told Mr Cameron Ribble Valley residents felt aggrieved that Scottish MPs can make decisions on their schools and hospitals, when they are devolved matters run by MSPs in Edinburgh.