City MP Mark Lancaster has welcomed the news that Scotland has voted ‘No’ in the referendum, meaning that it will stay part of the United Kingdom, but has added his voice to those calling for equality for England.
During the campaign all three party leaders agreed that further powers should be devolved to Scotland, such as the right to set its own levels of income tax under the so called ‘Devo-max’ arrangements which would mean that the only country now in the Union not to have any devolved powers will be England.
Commenting on the news Mr Lancastersaid;”I’m pleased that Scotland has decided to stay part of the Union but it is equally important that if we are to devolve more power then we ensure equality for England. I don’t believe that we need a separate parliament for England but I do believe that now is the time for Scottish MPs to stop voting on English only matters such as the NHS. Scotland has spoken, now it’s time to ensure fairness in the democratic system across the United Kingdom.”
Scotland voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence.
With the results in from all 32 council areas, the “No” side won with 55 percent of the votes against 45 percent for “Yes”.