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"English votes for English laws" is the resurrection of a policy that failed over Irish home rule

By Jack Straw   October 2007

In the 1955 general election, the Conservative party not only won a majority of seats in Scotland but also a majority of the votes—the only time that has been achieved by any political party since the war. Today, it is impossible to imagine such an outcome. The Tories are barely represented in Scotland and Wales, and despite sporadic advances in English local elections, are conspicuous by their absence in the great northern cities. This situation is now affecting the party’s psychology. The Conservatives are in danger of becoming a party of narrow English nationalism.

Nowhere is this more evident than…

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