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Today’s announcement by William Hague of a range of options for English Votes for English Laws should be seen as the start of a wider process, says Charlie Jeffery. That process is likely to include, at least, a clearer separation of England and Wales as jurisdictions and reform of how Westminster and Whitehall – not to mention the electorate – think about the territories of the UK.

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Study: English Voters Support EVEL

Research shows that English voters prefer the option of English Votes for English Laws (EVEL), widely believed to be the frontrunner in the government’s consideration of the West Lothian Question. Forty percent1 of English voters opted for giving English MPs an exclusive say at Westminster over legislation that applies solely to their constituents – over twice the level of support for the next nearest options, an English Parliament (16%) or the status quo (18%).

Craig McAngus discusses how Scottish Labour’s new leader has a formidable challenge of rebuilding the party’s image in Scotland. This blog was orignially published on The Conversation

Rumours have been swirling for about a month now that Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont was facing an internal challenge. So in one sense, the news of her resignation is not a surprise. But despite the signs, her decision to step down with immediate effect was still a shock.

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Taking England Seriously: The New English Politics

The 2014 Future of England Survey discovers not only a distinct English identity but a strong and growing desire for England-wide solutions to English constitutional solutions. The survey of 3,705 adults in England found support for David Cameron's preferred option of English Votes for English Laws; however there was little confidence that the Tories or their leader would speak out for English interests.

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