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SCOTTISH LABOUR PLANS FOR PARLIAMENT

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Last week the Labour Party published A parliament for Scotland, which outlines more of its plans for a Scottish par...
Last week the Labour Party published A parliament for Scotland, which outlines more of its plans for a Scottish parliament.

Highlights include:

- Election of members of the Scottish parliament by the additional member system, whereby most members are elected as now, but additional seats are filled by candidates from party lists to bring the overall proportions of seats more into line with the electoral support for each party

- The Scottish secretary to be retained to ensure a voice for Scotland in cabinet

- A mechanism - as yet unspecified - for ensuring roughly equal numbers of men and women in the parliament

- Abolition of many quangos, with their powers handed to parliament

- A Brussels office for Scotland, staffed by civil servants and accountable to the parliament.

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