Tory calls for Scottish MPs to be abolished

Margaret Mitchell said that Scotland should send its constituency MSPs to Westminster to vote on UK-wide issues. Picture: Robert Perry
Margaret Mitchell said that Scotland should send its constituency MSPs to Westminster to vote on UK-wide issues. Picture: Robert Perry
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A FORMER Scottish Tory leadership contender has called for Scotland’s Westminster MPs to be abolished.

Margaret Mitchell said that instead of electing representatives to the House of Commons, Scotland should send its constituency MSPs to Westminster to vote on UK-wide issues such as welfare and defence while spending the rest of their time at Holyrood.

Mrs Mitchell, one of the unsuccessful candidates who stood against Ruth Davidson in the 2011 leadership contest, said the arrangement would answer the complaint that Scottish MPs can vote on English-only legislation – the famous West Lothian Question about why a Scots MP could vote on education in Blackburn, Lancashire, but not Blackburn, West Lothian.

She told a fringe meeting at the Scottish Tory conference in Stirling: “I have a solution to the West Lothian Question. I would just abolish Scottish MPs and make those MSPs elected first past the post responsible for going down to Westminster to debate reserved issues and going to Holyrood to vote on services for Scotland – problem solved.”

She said she had floated the idea with her fellow MSPs. “It went down like a lead balloon, but it still makes sense to me.”