It's time for an English national parliament, says Plaid Cymru MP


'Untied Kingdom' (Image: Gwalia)

The leader of Plaid Cymru in Westminster, Liz Saville-Roberts, has called for the creation of an English national parliament while writing in the Daily Mirror.


In the article, Saville-Roberts points out how the current Westminster parliament fails to "value those outside the SW1 bubble."


Saville-Roberts says that more deprived parts of England are being "overlooked" by Westminster in favour of "richer Tory ones" when it comes to the so-called Levelling Up Fund.


She points to UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak's constituency of Richmond as an example, which has been placed in the highest priority category for funding, despite being among the least deprived places in England.


"In England just like in Wales, public money is being snatched for Tory bungs," she says.


'English Civic Identity'


The Plaid Cymru MP, who was born, raised, and educated in south eastern England says that while her own Englishness is well-defined, it lacks its corresponding civic national identity in contrast to Cymru.


Saville-Roberts says that one answer to this is to create an English national parliament, akin to the Senedd, Holyrood, or Stormont.


An English parliament would afford people in England "an opportunity to rethink how politics can work for them."


An English parliament with a proportional voting system and modern procedures would rebalance power in England and "repair the dysfunctional relationships between the nations of our shared island and begin a new partnership of equals."


"The Westminster political system has failed us all. It is broken beyond repair," she says.

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