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Grayling postpones English votes legislation over summer

ENGLISH votes for English laws legislation suffered another setback yesterday as Tory Commons leader Chris Grayling postponed a parliamentary vote on the issue until autumn for a rewrite.

Prime Minister David Cameron had been facing potential defeat on the controversial manifesto pledge as Tory backbench unease combined with mounting objections from SNP and Labour MPs.

The draft proposal will be published on Monday, while the first day of debate is scheduled for Wednesday.

But a second debate has not been announced and all days of Commons time before the summer recess have been filled.

Shadow Commons leader Angela Eagle accused Mr Grayling of getting the government into a “mess,” claiming he had been summoned to explain the situation to the PM.

Under the draft, a new Commons stage would be introduced for laws passing through Parliament when English and Welsh MPs would be asked to accept or veto legislation only affecting their constituents before it passed to third reading.

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