Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Has Brown considered using technicalities to delay the election?

There is an interesting article on Political betting noting that Brown could delay the election for another three years quite legally if he just let Parliament expire, it notes,
The only statutory requirement to move writs for a general election is under the Meeting of Parliament Act 1694, which allows no less than three years between the dissolution and the writs being issued. In other words, technically, the election doesn’t have to be held until June 2013.
Interestingly, I heard through a source back in April that backbenchers had been discussing these mechanisms as a way to delay an election by an extra few months shoudl the economy not be back on its feet by June 2010.

Careful what you wish for?

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