Early Parliamentary General Election

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:26 pm on 19th April 2017.

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Photo of Angus MacNeil Angus MacNeil Chair, International Trade Committee 2:26 pm, 19th April 2017

Sir Desmond Swayne goaded Labour Members over not being turkeys voting for Christmas, but they will be more than turkeys voting for Christmas if they follow the Prime Minister and dance to her tune—they will be turkeys ready to jump into the baking tin. That is exactly what they are doing. The Prime Minister needs 433 MPs to support her today. She has gone on television and told the world that there will be a general election. If Parliament does not back her—if Labour MPs do not dance to her tune—and she does not get the 433, will she resign? The answer on that could change the views of Labour Members as to whether to dance to her tune.

One and a half hours having elapsed since the commencement of proceedings on the motion, the Speaker put the Question (Standing Order No. 16(1)).

The House divided:

Ayes 522, Noes 13.