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Political nervous breakdown

Column by Sir Alan Duncan, MP for Rutland and Melton

As if we didn’t have enough trouble already in Parliament, there is one silly thing that is making it much worse. That is the Fixed-term Parliaments Act of 2011. Until then, a Prime Minister could, at any time, call a General Election at the flick of their finger.

When the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition was formed, Nick Clegg wanted to make sure that PM David Cameron was not able to call an election at a time that was good for the Conservatives but bad for the Lib Dems.

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