Lord Falconer predicts 'hung Parliament' at next election

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A Labour peer has predicted there will be a hung parliament at the next general election - scheduled for December 12.

Lord Charlie Falconer said the country was too divided over Brexit for there to be a "landslide" victory for one party, and hinted that a coalition government could be on the horizon.

However, he said Boris Johnson would find it "very difficult" to form a government if he emerged victorious in the polls, claiming he had "stripped the Conservative Party of all allies" in the House of Commons.

"Remain and Leave... both sides in the debate are going to be galvanised so you're going to get high turnouts on both sides," he told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"The real area of analysis is what is the question going to be that people will be answering in determining what they want from a government. I wonder whether it will be 'we think Brexit is going to be done on Boris’s deal. The question is what sort of country do we want afterwards?'".

He continued: "Boris Johnson’s weak spot will be that he is totally unprepared in reality for what the country will look like afterwards."

Last night, MPs voted to pass a Bill for a pre-Christmas general election by a 418-vote majority; there were just 20 votes against.

Providing the Bill gets through the House of Lords - which is widely expected - the December 12 vote will be the third general election in four-and-a-half years, and the first December election since 1923.

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