EVEL: HARVIE SAYS MOVE TO MAKE SCOTS SECOND CLASS MPS BIZARRE
Patrick Harvie, MSP and Co-convenor of the Scottish Greens, has today branded plans to limit votes on English laws to English MPs as "bizarre", as the proposal was voted through in the House of Commons.
Harvie highlighted that the proposals did nothing to address the need to devolve more power to England's communities, and also criticised the Conservatives for wanting to draw dividing lines between MPs.
"This half-baked scheme may satisfy those on the Tory benches who want to indulge in a bit of posturing, but if it’s implemented it will achieve nothing but confusion. There is a serious case for meaningful devolution within England, to bring power out of the corridors of Whitehall and closer to communities, but that case has been ignored by successive governments.
"It’s particularly bizarre that the Tories, who claim to want Scotland to stay within the UK, are willing to draw a dividing line through the House of Commons and leave Scottish MPs with a second class status."