Why sadly we’ll have to wait at least another year for a Labour Government

“The problem is that there is an obstacle: the Fixed-term Parliaments Act. This 2011 law says that, in order for there to be an election, the government has to lose a confidence vote or the prime minister has to persuade two-thirds of MPs to vote for one. Both are possible in theory in 2018, but not likely. Not even Heseltine has advocated bringing the government down, while few Tory MPs would vote for an early poll after 2017’s election disaster. A third option, the formation of a Labour minority government without an election, is a fascinating possibility but still improbable.”

Extract from a column in today’s “Guardian” newspaper


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