Hague visits Burnham-On-Sea as votes campaign launches
Hague, the Leader of the House of Commons, was in Burnham-On-Sea
on Wednesday (February 18th) to back a campaign for 'English votes
for English laws'.
Hague threw his support behind local Conservative parliamentary
candidate James Heappey's 'Fair Votes for All' campaign, which
coincides with the run-up to May's General Election.
his role as patron of the 'Fair Votes' campaign, Mr Heappey was
joined by the First Secretary of State in Burnham as he gathered
signatures for a petition.
Hague, who has drawn up much of the proposals for English Votes
for English Laws, spoke to several Burnham residents to gather
support for the campaign.
here, states that 'when Parliament makes decisions affecting
only the people of England, or England and Wales then those decisions
should be made only by the Members of Parliament elected to represent
England, or England and Wales; and; the Petitioners therefore
request that the House of Commons creates fairness in the devolution
settlement by ensuring decisions having a separate and distinct
effect on England, or England and Wales, are decided only by the
Members of Parliament elected to represent England, or England
Mr Heappey said: "I'm very grateful to William for joining
us as I launched the 'Fair Votes for All' campaign in the Wells
Constituency. It's an important matter for local residents here.
Why should someone elected in Braemar continue to have a say on
what happens here in Burnham when we will soon have no say on
what goes on up there. The
SNP have made no secret of their intention to throw their weight
around in the next Parliament, especially if part of a coalition
with Ed Miliband. People in Somerset need the security of knowing
that Scottish MPs cannot hold us to ransom and that we all have
a fair say."
Hague with campaigners during his visit to Burnham on Wednesday
(photos by Mike Lang)