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How can members of a devolved Scottish Parliament, with a seat

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How can members of a devolved Scottish Parliament, with a seat in Scotland be allowed to vote in Westminster.
Surely, when Edinburgh was set up it took away their prescence in Westminster!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  JGM replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your question.
Which members are you referring to?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

All MPs with a seat in Scotland.

Expert:  JGM replied 2 years ago.
MPs with a seat in England aren't members of the devolved parliament. Only MSPs are members of the devolvd parliament. MPs vote in Westminster, MSPs vote in Edinburgh. There is a two tier system of government at present.
The Scotland Act provided for that, rightly or wrongly so it is legal. I suspect your question is political or philosophical and is validly made but I am only qualified to discuss the law.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

No doubt the Scotland Act permits a Scottish MP to have a seat in Westminster AND Edinburgh.

So much for a devolved Scottish Parliament.

What year or other references can I use to find the Act on the web please!

Expert:  JGM replied 2 years ago.
Here is the link to the Act.
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1998/46/contents
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Sorry. before I give you excellent, can you please look at my second question:

Is there a Media Ombudsman please because I am totally ignored by the press & TV Political experts.

Promise that this will be the end of it!

Expert:  JGM replied 2 years ago.
Yes, here you go.
http://www.ombudsman-services.org/communications.html
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