Published:  12:00 AM, 19 March 2017

May not to call early general election

May not to call early general election Conservative party Chairman Patrick McLoughlin (R) ruled out the possibility of a snap election. -Getty

Theresa May has been urged by some within her party to call an early national vote in a bid to boost her wafer-thin working majority of 17 seats ahead of Brexit negotiations. Senior Tory figures have argued a general election would provide her with her own mandate and help her push through Britain's divorce with the Brussels bloc with less resistance, reports Sunday Express.

The Tories have also been boosted by Labour's appalling polling figures. A recent YouGov poll placed the Conservatives on 44 points, well ahead of the 27 for Jeremy Corbyn's party.

Yet it seems unlikely the Prime Minister force Britons to vote once again after McLoughlin confirmed the next general election will be in 2020. Speaking at the Conservative Spring Forum in Cardiff, McLoughlin said: "This morning, I want to talk about our future. Our plan, our roadmap, for 2020."

McLoughlin again repeated that the next general election would be in three years time as he bragged about the electoral success his party has enjoyed in Sleaford, Witney and Copeland. He added: "But before I move on to look to the road until the next general election in 2020 let's just think about the interesting year that we've had."

Under the Fixed Term Parliament Act 2011, May would need two-thirds of all MPs to back her bid for a snap election.
Corbyn has previously stated he would instruct Labour MPs to back the Prime Minister's wishes if she was to make Britons vote again.

May was urged to call a general election after she became Prime Minister to establish her own mandate but has so far been reluctant. Tory MP Jake Berry previously said: "An election in 2020 would effectively be an election on the Brexit deal, which could potentially open the door to Labour if the public are not happy.

"If we had an election next year it would push the next vote over to 2022, where we will have had more of an opportunity to see if Brexit succeeded or failed."

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