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Clegg: Consequences for Westminster post-referendum

The way Scottish MPs vote at Westminster will have to change if new powers are handed to the Scottish Parliament in the event of a No vote in the referendum, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

The Liberal Democrat leader said it was "not logical" that Scottish MPs should be able to carry on voting on issues which affect only England if there is a further devolution of power from Westminster to Holyrood.

The Deputy Prime Minister, speaking last week Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mr Clegg, along with David Cameron and Ed Miliband, has signed a pledge to hand sweeping new powers to Scotland, if Scots vote to reject independence and remain part of the United Kingdom in tomorrow's referendum.

He made clear, however, that would have consequences for the way votes are organised in the House of Commons.

"When the decision is made in the coming months and legislation is passed to give these new significant powers - on welfare, on borrowing, on tax raising - to Scotland that should be accompanied by a decision about how the votes are organised in Westminster. "Clearly, when you have that degree of devolution, saying that a Scottish MP has precisely the same say over matters in English as an English MP doesn't make any sense. That's why you then decide how you divvy votes in the House of Commons. "It's not logical, it's just simply not fair to say, okay we have a more devolved (group) of nations that make up the United Kingdom but somehow that new devolution settlement isn't reflected in any way in changes in Westminster. "That doesn't make any sense. You have to make changes in Westminster as well."

– Nick Clegg MP

His comments echo concerns by some Tory MPs who have expressed anger at the way the three leaders have promised greater devolution to Scotland without consulting the Commons. Mr Clegg, however, rejected calls from some campaigners for the creation of a separate English parliament to deal with England-only legislation.

"We don't need just to create another talking shop for politicians, another institution, another English parliament, to solve this issue."

– Nick Clegg MP

Deputy Prime Minister gets behind Cumbrian education funding

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said he hopes a new fund announced by the Department of Education to help children from disadvantaged families will "help our youngest children get on in life."

It's hoped the new fund will make children better off in their education Credit: PA

He said:

“Every child in Cumbria deserves the chance to fulfil their potential, and this extra funding is a boost to help our youngest children get on in life and succeed.

“Boys and girls from poorer families have often already fallen nineteen months behind their better off classmates by the time they hang up their coat on the first day of school. Increasing their chances of success has got to be a top priority.”

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Nick Clegg warns of 'false patriotism'

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has warned voters against being lured into 'false patriotism', which is offered by Scottish independence or leaving the EU.

At the Scottish conference in Aberdeen, Nick Clegg called for unity and to support the partnership that has 'served us well'. He further argues that independence may isolate countries and damage alliances that have continued for many years.

'Either you believe that in an uncertain world, we have strength in numbers, as our party believes. Or you think - mistakenly in my opinion - that countries can stand alone and still stand just as tall.

It's seductive to some, there's no doubt about it: breast-beating nationalism always is. But leading a nation is about responding to the world as it is, not as we might like it to be.'

– Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg

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