Darling told PM to steer clear of ‘English laws’

Alistair Darling warned David Cameron over his post-Indyref speech. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
Alistair Darling warned David Cameron over his post-Indyref speech. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
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ALISTAIR Darling warned David Cameron not to use his early-morning speech after the referendum to launch his plans on English votes for English laws, it emerged today.

The leader of the Better Together campaign told the Prime Minister that proposals to restrict the voting rights of Scottish MPs would play into the hands of the SNP.

But Mr Cameron ignored the warning, given in a 5am phone call after he rang Mr Darling to congratulate him on “a well-fought campaign”.

Sources were quoted saying the former Chancellor and Edinburgh South West MP was waiting with colleagues from the No campaign for the official declaration of the referendum result when the two men spoke and he warned Mr Cameron the planned announcement would offer the SNP a route back from defeat.

Mr Darling said the question of Scottish MPs voting on English-only matters should be addressed, but not in the “febrile atmosphere” of the immediate aftermath of the No victory.

The revelation comes as senior Tory William Hague today prepared to present the Commons with options on how English MPs could be given a “decisive say” over English legislation and Scottish MPs excluded from key votes.