Early Parliamentary General Election

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:14 pm on 19th April 2017.

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Photo of Dennis Skinner Dennis Skinner Labour, Bolsover 2:14 pm, 19th April 2017

The nearest parallel is the election of 1974, when the miners were on strike and Ted Heath, the then Prime Minister, decided that the election would be on a very narrow argument about who ran the country. Most general elections are about a lot of things, but that one was about a specific thing. What happened in effect was that the Labour party finished up with the largest number of seats and the Queen asked Ted Heath to try to form a coalition with the Liberals, and the Liberals ran away.