Hampshire County Council leader says it’s ‘high time’ for an English Parliament

The statue of King Alfred in Winchester
The statue of King Alfred in Winchester
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AN ENGLISH Parliament should be created with Winchester as a potential venue, a council leader has said.

Roy Perry, the Conservative leader of Hampshire County Council, was speaking after local government minister Eric Pickles announced his St George’s Day initiative to authorise the use of traditional county names on street and road signs.

The authority previously objected when the Post Office dropped the use of county names from official postal addresses.

Cllr Perry said: ‘I sometimes remind ministers when they visit Hampshire’s headquarters in Winchester that there was a Hampshire before there was an England, and the Great Hall in Winchester is there, ready and waiting, as a seat for an English Parliament.

‘After all, in the Middle Ages, parliaments often met in Winchester, and if Scotland is to get independence or yet more devolved power, the people of England deserve more say over issues that affect them.

‘It is high time there was an English Parliament, at least with the powers of the devolved assemblies in Northern Ireland and Wales, let alone Scotland.’