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What is the ‘West Lothian Question?’

The previously obscure issue is likely to be at the heart of political debate in the coming weeks

By Lucy Webster  

MPs return to parliament today from their summer recess. © Mgimelfarb

What is the West Lothian question?

Since the opening of the Scottish parliament in Holyrood in 1998, Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) have powers over certain areas of Scottish policy—healthcare for example, is fully devolved to Scotland. MPs at the House of Commons are unable to vote on legislation passed at Holyrood, yet…

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