No 10 rules out snap elec­tion in May

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DOWN­ING Street ruled out a snap elec­tion on May 4 yes­ter­day – de­spite a new poll sug­gest­ing Theresa May would win a land­slide Com­mons ma­jor­ity of 140.

Her of­fi­cial spokesman yes­ter­day said the Prime Min­is­ter had not changed her opin­ion on the is­sue de­spite pres­sure from Tory MPs to ex­ploit Labour’s weak­ness and se­cure her own man­date.

He said: ‘There is no change in our po­si­tion on an early elec­tion. There isn’t go­ing to be one.’ Cru­cially, Mrs May’s de­ci­sion to trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50 on March 29 all but rules out a snap elec­tion. To hold an elec­tion on May 4, when lo­cal coun­cil elec­tions are al­ready due, she would have to call it on March 27.

Fur­ther­more, she would first have to win the sup­port of two-thirds of MPs for a Com­mons mo­tion to dis­solve par­lia­ment early, un­der the terms of the Fixed Term Par­lia­ments Act.

An ICM poll for the Guardian yes­ter­day gave the Tories a 19-point lead over Labour – which would give her a ma­jor­ity in the House of Com­mons of 140, sim­i­lar to Tony Blair’s Labour ma­jor­ity in 2001.

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