Theresa May won't call a general election despite William Hague's urging

Theresa May won't call a general election despite William Hague's urging

Theresa May's spokespeople have ruled out the possibility of an early general election

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Downing Street has indicated Theresa May won’t call a general election in order to secure a larger majority in the House of Commons.

This follows on from the former foreign secretary, William Hague, writing an opinion piece for The Daily Telegraph this morning.

In the article, Lord Hague urged the Prime Minister to call the election to secure more seats and eliminate opposition over Brexit, suggesting the weakness of Jeremy Corbyn would allow her to increase the Conservative majority.

Lord Hague wrote: "We have a Prime Minister and Cabinet facing the most complex challenges of modern times: Brexit, the Trump administration, the Scottish nationalist threat…

"There’s no doubt they’d be in a stronger position to take the country through these challenges if they had a decisive majority in the Commons and a full term ahead of them." 

However a spokesperson at Number 10 made it clear Mrs. May has been "clear and consistent" that there won't be an early general election.

Another said bluntly: "It's not going to happen."

The House of Lords will vote around 5pm on Tuesday on the fate of the Article 50 bill, specifically on the terms of an amendment to give Parliament a “meaningful” vote on the terms of the final deal.