Monday, 1 March 2010

Snap election? Will someone please decide

The ebb and flow of Ministers from Downing Street this lunchtime is being dismissed as just a regular Monday meeting of cabinet ministers - not a rushed roundtable to trigger the start of a snap election campaign.

Westminster is a bit tense because this is the last possible day that Brown could call a March 25th poll.

Going to the palace today would leave 17 working days (excluding the Northern Ireland Bank Holiday for St Patrick's Day) before an election. That's the minimum notice necessary under parliamentary rules.

We're all a bit dubious in the Lobby about anything really happening. It would, after all, require a decision to be made and Mr Brown is not famous for making these in a hurry.

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