United we stand-Divided we fall?
PM urged to take lead in devolution debate
Gordon Brown must press the case for an English parliament or risk Labour's demise as voters defect to the Conservatives or British National party, a former minister warned today.
Frank Field said a devolution settlement, which many English voters believe treats them less fairly than their counterparts in Scotland and Wales had become "one of the festering sores in English politics".
The Birkenhead MP, whose campaign over the abolition of the 10p tax rate led to a government U-turn last month, said that failure to address the issue could "threaten Labour's existence as a major political force".
His comments came as the Conservatives prepare to publish their solution to the "English question". A report from Ken Clarke's democracy taskforce, due out later this month, will set out how Scottish MPs such as Brown would be banned from voting on English laws.