Boris Johnson leaves heavy hints of a snap election

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“The Prime Minister will make a decision on any general election,” he told LBC, adding that opinion polls were “very much based” on the public “seeing a divided party”.

The Prime Minister has the power to call a snap poll whenever he wants, now that the Fixed Term Parliament Act has been repealed.

This legislation, introduced in 2011, had limited elections to every five years unless a two-thirds majority of the Commons votes earlier to go to the public.

Speaking to the Liaison Committee, the Prime Minister said the “earliest date” he envisaged for the next election was in 2024.

But before the wave of resignations that rocked his leadership, Tory campaign headquarters were ‘playing war’ an early vote if Sir Keir Starmer was fined and forced to resign over a beergate.

“If Labor finds itself in a leadership election, it could change the electoral dynamics and party planning at the highest level,” an insider told The Times.

But the resignations of Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid and the weakening of Mr Johnson’s position over the past 24 hours may have changed that calculation.

The Labor leader has already called on Mr Johnson to step down and said he wanted to see the country go to the polls immediately to secure a ‘fresh start for Britain’.

“This government is collapsing, the Conservative Party is corrupt, and changing a leader of the Conservative Party will not solve the problems,” he told broadcasters on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Steve Reed, his shadow justice secretary, insisted Labor was ‘ready to fight’ a general election immediately, should Mr Johnson call one.

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