This month’s ConservativeHome poll finds Party members wanting more powers for England in the wake of the Government’s promises to Scotland – with especially strong support for the most uncompromising form of English Votes for English Laws (EVEL).
The softer version of EVEL, under which MPs for non-English seats would be barred from voting on English business at the committee stage won the support of 33 per cent of Party member respondents. This was one of the versions of EVEL backed by the report of independent McKay Commission.
However, the harder EVEL option, which would see MPs for non-English seats barred from voting on English business altogether, gained the backing of 78 per cent of Party members – the highest percentage voting for any single option.
Elsewhere in the survey, Theresa May fights back in the future leader stakes. Last month, she fell behind Boris Johnson in our survey for the first time in three months, in the wake of his successful bid for the Uxbridge nomination. This month, they tie on 24.2 per cent each.
Meanwhile, David Cameron remains the overwhelming choice of Party members as the man they want to lead them into the next election. He wins over 75 per cent support from those polled. George Osborne remains third in the future leader survey with 11 per cent of the vote.
28 per cent of those polled support an English Parliament, with English Ministers for English matters, as well as English votes for English laws. A slightly lower proportion, 26 per cent, want to see MPs from non-English seats barred from such a Parliament altogether.
They favour a model whereby English MPs are joined by members of the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies to vote on UK-wide business, such as foreign affairs and defence. 17 per cent want regional government – a policy to which Conservative MPs are opposed.
61 per cent of Party member respondents oppose an electoral pact with UKIP, while 30 per cent support one. The corresponding figures for a pact with the Liberal Democrats are 93 per cent and three per cent.
The percentage expecting Cameron to remain Prime Minister after the next election has bobbled about at roughly 60 per cent for some time. The proportion expecting a majority Conservative Government is up and that expecting a second Coalition is down for the third month running.
Some 900 Party members responded to the survey, which is tested against a control panel that was supplied by YouGov.