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The 'decisive answer' on English devolution that's getting vaguer

The 'decisive answer' on English devolution that's getting vaguer Photo: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

David Cameron has long been a passionate supporter of English votes for English issues in parliament. But did his passions get the better of him on Friday morning when he awoke to find Scotland had voted NO, and he wasn't going to be the last Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?

Possibly, because while he suggested the question of English votes for English issues 'requires a decisive answer', it's now unclear whether he can really deliver on that pledge. His official spokesman told journalists today there was no question of new powers for Scotland being held up by squabbling over English devolution. 'Is the vow to the people of Scotland a cast-iron guarantee to keep to the timetable? Yes, he said.'

David Cameron campaigning before the referendum. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

He suggested that all three parties would got to the polls next May with a promise to turn a draft bill on more Scottish devolution into law. The Conservatives might also be offering a similar pledge on England but they wouldn't have begun the parliamentary process on that, if there wasn't cross-party agreement. David Cameron may have wrong-footed the Labour Party, exposing their unease over English devolution but there may also be serious rumblings from his own backbenchers, if he is now seen to waver on England's future.

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