A letter from Guy Lodge of IPPR...
I just wanted to draw your attention to a paper IPPR has published which reports the findings of a survey we have conducted exploring MPs' attitudes towards the English Question.
The main findings are:
- There is little support among MPs for the status quo - just 10% back this, the lowest any option received (more - 11% - supported an English Parliament)
- However, while there is a clear mandate for reform, opinion is divided over what to do. Tory MPs strongly support English votes on Eng laws, whereas (unsurprisingly) Labour strongly oppose such a move.
- The one area where there is cross-party support concerns finance, where 62% of MPs claimed the distribution of money between the nations is unfair.
- It is Tory MPs who are most agitated by these issues: 72% believe that England has lost out since devolution to Scotland and Wales, and so we argued that Cameron will come under pressure to answer the English Question if elected.
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