Downing Street: There will not be an early general election

Posted On: 
20th March 2017

Downing Street has ruled out an early general election amid mounting speculation that Theresa May was planning to go to the country as early as May.

Downing Street has ruled out an early general election.
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The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "There is no change in our position on an early general election. There isn't going to be one."

According to The Sun, Tory chairman Patrick McLoughlin and Chief Whip Gavin Williamson are among the senior figures who have discussed holding an election on 4 May - the same day as local authority polls across the country.

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But Mrs May's spokesman said under the Fixed Terms Parliament Act, the next election was not due to happen until 2020.

He added: "We have been clear that there is not going to be an early general election, and the Prime Minister is getting on with delivering the will of the British people."

Former Tory leader William Hague is among those who have called for an early election.

Speaking yesterday, Labour elections co-ordinator Andrew Gwynne said his party was ready for an early poll if one was called.

He said: "The Labour party has been on an early election footing since before Christmas, and we are preparing ourselves for that eventuality in case that does come.

"And that means that we’ve got to get ourselves into a position whereby we can not only challenge the government but we can also offer a valuable alternative for the British people to choose from should that election arise."