Gordon Henderson, the MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, said uneven public spending was fuelling English resentment at Scotland and undermining the Union the Conservatives are committed to preserving.“There is increasing resentment within England about this – there is a feeling that we are treated less favourably,” he added.“The Barnett Formula is well out of date and needs to be scrapped entirely. If we are a United Kingdom – and I hope we remain so – then we should all receive the same level of support from the Government.”
David Mowat, the MP for Warrington South, said: “We should be looking at the Barnett Formula now, thinking about moving towards a more needs-based formula.” he added.“I appreciate that the Government doesn’t want to be looking at these things at the moment, but we should be starting to think about this now. There is no reason for us not be starting to address this issue now.”
Mr Selous said: “I am very encouraged that two Cabinet ministers have gone on the record to say that the Barnett Formula will not be here for ever. This is something that people in England are concerned about.”One Conservative source within the Government suggested that the party could fight the next general election on a clear promise to reform public spending rules for the UK’s member nations.
“One nation Labour is about reaching out to every part of Britain, it’s about a party that is as much the party of the private sector as the public sector, a party of south as well as north, a party determined to fight for the future of the United Kingdom, and a party rooted in every community of our land.I’ve set out a vision of what this country can be, one nation, and in 2013 we will be setting out concrete steps on making that vision a reality from business to education to welfare.”
"First, we should start with language. We all know that the beginning of any real connection with a neighbour or colleague, work-mate or friend is a conversation. But we can only converse if we can speak the same language.So if we are going to build One Nation, our goal should be that everyone in Britain should know how to speak English. We should expect that of people that come here. The last Labour government raised the language requirements for people seeking to enter Britain on work and family visas, that was the right approach.But of course there is a minority who have come here without being able to speak English. This makes life harder for them - those who don't speak English are less able to get a good job, less able to make the most of being in this country. And it is also bad for Britain as a whole, stopping us building the bond we need between newcomers and those who have been here for generations.”