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Conservatives plan English MPs 'veto' on English laws

MPs representing Scottish constituencies would be stripped of the power to "impose" income tax rate changes on the rest of the UK under a parliamentary shake-up planned by the Conservatives.

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Hague 'English votes' plans face backbench battle

William Hague tried to draw Labour further into the English votes debate as he accused them of "betraying" voters as he set out the Conservative blueprint for delivering "English votes for English laws."

However the proposals still face a tough battle with some in the Conservative party who believe the plans are too weak and would make the situation worse by providing nationalist MPs with a "battering ram against the Union".

Leader of the House of Commons, William Hague. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Under the Tory manifesto proposals - which Mr Hague is seeking to put to a Commons vote before May's general election - policies affecting England alone would be scrutinised by a panel made up only of MPs representing English seats.

A "grand committee" of all English MPs would then have to approve the legislation. Welsh MPs would be included on matters not devolved to the Cardiff Assembly.

A large section of Tory backbenchers are angry that the final - Third Reading - vote on Bills would still include MPs from the rest of the UK, in what they say is a watering down of David Cameron's promise to act.

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