One of my aims in speaking for England over the last year was to persuade the Conservative party that it needed to produce a Manifesto for England.
The main parties have traditionally produced distinctive manifesto documents for Wales and Scotland, but never produced one for England. As the next Parliament will legislate to give much more power to Scotland, including powers over Income Tax, and as the last Parliament did give the power to N0rthern Ireland to settle its own Corporation tax, the need for a Manifesto for England, and a policy for England, is clear.
The Conservative party is the only mainstream party to say that we now must tackle the problem of England. In future matters settled in Cardiff for Wales and in Edinburgh for Scotland should be settled by just the English MPs at Westminster. As Scotland gains greater independence to settle her own tax rates and collect her own taxes, so we need to adjust the financial settlement between England and Scotland to reflect the passage of those revenues to Edinburgh.
In the next Parliament England will need strong voices, to ensure a fair settlement. I am pleased the Conservative party has listened to the needs of England.
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