Saturday, October 6, 2007

Brown abandons early election idea

BBC News story 14:50:

Snap election 'ruled out;

Gordon Brown is expected to say he will not call a general election this autumn, the BBC has learned.

Nick Robinson, the BBC's political correspondent, understands that Mr Brown is due to make a statement soon.

Opposition leaders had challenged Mr Brown to end uncertainty over whether he would call an election after mounting speculation in recent weeks.

Recent opinion polls have suggested that Labour's lead over the Conservatives has fallen.

Da Fink said at 13:50 on Comment Central:

I am hearing that Gordon Brown is to pre-record an interview this afternoon for Andrew Marr in which he will announce that he has abandoned his early election.

Nick Robinson reported under the title "No snap" on his blog 15:15:

Rumour has it that the poll of marginal constituencies which has been carried out for tomorrow's News of the World by ICM shows a significant Tory lead. Surely they will have to confirm soon that there will be no snap election...

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