Friday, April 16, 2010

What they really meant to say...

Clears up my confusion:
A spokeswoman for the Conservative party said the proposal would only prevent Scottish MPs voting on issues at the reporting and committee stage of a bill which affects only England or England and Wales.

She said: "When the bill comes back to the chamber, all MPs would vote, but it would be a 'take it or leave it' vote, with no amendments, so they could have their say but not negotiate over bills which do not affect their constituents."

She added that the policy was developed by former chancellor Ken Clarke's democracy taskforce.

The group also wants to ensure MPs from Wales and Northern Ireland also lose some powers over English-only measures.

Shadow justice secretary Nick Herbert said they would "introduce greater fairness".
Certainly not as dramatic a measure as their manifesto was implying.

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