Tuesday, 2 June 2009

The Dissolution of Parliament

Motion seeks dissolution of parliament
Tuesday, 02 Jun 2009 16:00

Motion calling for dissolution of parliament tabled by Scottish National party and Plaid Cymru

A motion calling for the dissolution of parliament is to be tabled by the Scottish National party and Plaid Cymru.

The two nationalist parties are joining forces in a bid to force the prime minister to hold a general election.

The motion is expected to be tabled next week and could feasibly receive the backing of both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.

David Cameron has repeatedly demanded Gordon Brown call a general election, with the prime minister resisting on the grounds that constitutional reform must be instigated beforehand.

The motion comes as three Labour MPs said they would stand down at the next election and news of home secretary Jacqui Smith's resignation emerged.

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