There are three arguments for an English Parliament - constitutional, economic and cultural.
The 1707 Act of Union suspended the English and Scottish Parliaments, creating the British State. The 1998 Devolution Acts restored the Scottish Parliament and recognised the Scottish nation, its history and culture. Wales also gained that recognition but the English Parliament remains suspended.
The 1998 Acts devolve internal matters from Westminster to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. However, their MPs still vote on English internal affairs and swing the vote for the Government on controversial matters that do not affect their own constituents.
No English MP has such powers outside England (the ?West Lothian? question). England also has Government Ministers from Scottish constituencies that do not have to answer to those that have elected them for what they do to the English matters assigned to them (the ?English Question?).
In the European Union, Ministers of the devolved administrations can represent the UK, and thus England, but nobody from England, unless a member of the British Government, can do likewise.
The British Government represents only British interests and there is no forum in which the specific needs of England can be addressed.
The second argument is economic. At finance summits, British Government Ministers and those from the devolved administrations meet to discuss how much the devolved territories will get from British taxes but nobody represents England?s interests at those meetings.
We are the poor relations when it comes to apportioning revenue but we have no say over how taxes shall be distributed within the UK ? and the Barnett funding formula now ensures that everyone in Scotland receives up to 25 per cent more than anyone in England.
Only an English Parliament will be able to influence how taxes are apportioned.
The third argument is cultural. The Scotland Devolution Bill states: ?Scotland is a proud, historic nation? and the Wales Devolution White Paper instructs the Assembly as ?the forum for the nation? to ?provide leadership to reinvigorate all aspects of Welsh life and culture?. Those sentiments are central to England.
The Prime Minister has expressly encouraged pride in Scotland, but has not done so for England. Who then has the authority to do so for England except a First Minister in an English Parliament, which will promote our culture and history, as the Welsh Assembly has been instructed?
Some say an English Parliament will break up the Union. What kind of a union is it when some constituents have more rights than others?
Others say we cannot have our own parliament because we are too big and would unbalance the Union. Well, if the Union was balanced before, it certainly is not now.