Maggie Throup, MP for Erewash, has seen her commitment to fight for English votes for English laws come to fruition as Members of Parliament voted to support Government proposals to make the system fairer.
This is based on the principle that when Parliament makes decisions affecting only the people of England, or England and Wales, then those decisions should be made only by the Members of Parliament elected to represent England, or England and Wales.
Ms Throup said: “English votes for English laws will strengthen the Union, create fairer arrangements and ensure the English have more of a voice over matters that only affect them. This is fair and balanced and are being introduced in a considered way and will be reviewed after 12 months to ensure the process is working effectively. It is important that we have a system which is fair and workable for every part of the UK.
“I am delighted that, along with fellow MPs, I have helped to deliver the Conservative manifesto commitment to introduce English votes for English laws. This will undoubtedly strengthen the Union as more powers are devolved across the United Kingdom, and now is the time to give the English more say over their own destiny.”
Under English Votes for English Laws, every MP would continue to have a vote on every bill. Where the House of Commons considers a new bill which only affects England, and where the power to make that law has been devolved elsewhere, a new Parliamentary procedure will apply. The Speaker of the House of Commons will be responsible for certifying which bills, or parts of bills, meet this test.
All MPs will continue to debate and vote on legislation at Second Reading, Third Reading and Report stage. This ensures that new laws are made with the agreement of the whole House of Commons, but that English (and Welsh) laws will be made with the consent of MPs who represent those parts of the country.