Boris Johnson prepares for ‘tough’ election campaign

The election will be held on December 12

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Boris Johnson has warned Conservative MPs against acting complacent, despite the government emerging victorious from a battle over an early election date.

Mr Johnson passed a one-page Bill in the Commons on Tuesday night for a December 12 election – it will now go to the House of Lords where it is expected to pass without delay.

Parliament would then be dissolved on November 6, allowing for a five-week campaign.

The Prime Minister said the next Parliament must be able to “get Brexit done”.

“It's time for the country to come together, get Brexit done and go forward. It'll be a tough election and we are going to do the best we can,” he said.

Jeremy Corbyn looked beyond Brexit in his election pitch, and said the snap poll offered a “once-in-a-generation” chance to transform the country.

Labour had already blocked an election three times over concerns Mr Johnson would be able to enact a no-deal Brexit while Parliament was dissolved.

The party remains divided over the tactical benefits of a December poll, with only 127 of Labour’s 244 MPs supporting Tuesday night’s vote.

The Liberal Democrats and SNP both supported an election, with Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson calling herself “the Liberal Democrat candidate for Prime Minister”.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said strong results for her party would put a second independence referendum back on the agenda.

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