MEP supports English parliament claim

Amjad Bashir

Amjad Bashir

First published in News

A YORKSHIRE MEP has welcomed poll results showing more than half think England should have its own parliament.

UKIP representative for Yorkshire and the Humber Amjad Bashir wants to see an English parliament established and has said the results of a poll by Edinburgh and Cardiff universities show most people agree with him.

He added: “It showed that 54per cent of those surveyed believe it is time that England should have its own parliament, four times as many as disagreed with the idea.

“This result comes on the heels of earlier opinion polls also showing that the English are in favour of the concept but I think that the debate over possible Scottish independence has brought it to the fore.

“People are increasingly fed up with the Scots getting free prescriptions and university tuition fees and their MPs voting on laws that only apply to England. There is a growing sense of unfairness and as it is likely that the Scottish government will get more powers, whatever the result of the referendum, that feeling is likely to increase.”

He said with devolution in Scotland and Wales, and more powers likely to be forthcoming for the Scottish Parliament regardless of the outcome of the referendum, there is a growing sense of unfairness among English voters.

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11:53am Tue 26 Aug 14

MrsHoney says...

For goodness' sakes, they pretty much do already and if they think that by having their own parliament they're suddenly going to get the same freebies the Scots and Welsh do they can think again!
For goodness' sakes, they pretty much do already and if they think that by having their own parliament they're suddenly going to get the same freebies the Scots and Welsh do they can think again! MrsHoney
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5:09pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Caecilius says...

Another tier of timeserving politicians lining their pockets at the taxpayers' expense. Just what we need - not.

Now if Mr Bashir was in favour of getting rid of Westminster and having regional assemblies INSTEAD, answering direct to the European Parliament......
Another tier of timeserving politicians lining their pockets at the taxpayers' expense. Just what we need - not. Now if Mr Bashir was in favour of getting rid of Westminster and having regional assemblies INSTEAD, answering direct to the European Parliament...... Caecilius
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10:36pm Tue 26 Aug 14

TH43 says...

Finally, well said Mr Bashir!
Finally, well said Mr Bashir! TH43
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6:02am Wed 27 Aug 14

Bad magic says...

I'm just amazed that people - apparently including this alleged "newspaper" - fall for these people enough to give them column inches.
We have an English parliament. It's called parliament.
And anyone from UKIP who claims any money from the European parliament is a massive hypocrite.
I'm just amazed that people - apparently including this alleged "newspaper" - fall for these people enough to give them column inches. We have an English parliament. It's called parliament. And anyone from UKIP who claims any money from the European parliament is a massive hypocrite. Bad magic
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8:22am Wed 27 Aug 14

TH43 says...

Bad Magic... If Westminster id an English Parliament, how come there are Scots, Welsh and N Ireland MPs in it?

How many English MPs are in their Parliaments?
Bad Magic... If Westminster id an English Parliament, how come there are Scots, Welsh and N Ireland MPs in it? How many English MPs are in their Parliaments? TH43
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