Early parliamentary general election

Part of Early Parliamentary General Election Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:15 pm on 29th October 2019.

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Photo of John Whittingdale John Whittingdale Conservative, Maldon 7:15 pm, 29th October 2019

My right hon. Friend raises an important point. There is an essential democratic process that needs to be conducted before a general election, which is the selection of candidates. I suspect quite a large number of constituencies have not yet selected candidates. Members of local associations need these extra few days to have time to go through that process, and to avoid having candidates imposed from the centre.