Survey highlights votes support

Published: Sunday 22nd March 2015 by The News Editor

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About three quarters of people across England’s regions support English votes for English laws, new research suggests.

Edinburgh University surveyed more than 4,000 people in England and found most backed the notion of laws for England being passed by MPs representing English constituencies only.

The appetite for greater powers for English cities and regions was also high, with more than half of people living in England wanting more devolution for their own areas.

Ukip and Conservative supporters were most in favour of English votes for English laws (86% and 84% respectively).

Support was lowest among people who identify with Labour, at 59%.

Backing for English votes for English laws increased with age, with 84% of voters over 65 in favour, compared with 52% of voters aged 18-24.

In each English region, between 70 and 75% supported English votes for English laws, apart from Greater London where support was 66%.

More than half of respondents in all regions – apart from Greater London – said they would prefer any decisions about changes to the governance of England to be decided by referenda, as opposed to a decision being reached by a Commons vote or a constitutional convention.

Dr Jan Eichhorn, one of the authors of the study, said: “Considering that recent plans for devolution of powers to city regions, like Manchester, have been made between the Government and local leaders, our results raise serious concerns.

“People across England want to have a say about how they are governed and want to decide themselves in a referendum.”

Published: Sunday 22nd March 2015 by The News Editor

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