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  • Wednesday, December 29, 2004

    General election may be called for 21st April 2005

    According to this report at This is London, "sources" have suggested that Blair is considering calling a general election for the 21st April.

    Although turnout could be boosted because local elections are held that day, some in Labour's Old Queen Street HQ fear that anger at council tax and town hall performance could hamper the vote for Westminster. Claims that an even earlier poll, in February or March, was being seriously considered have been comprehensively denied, largely because the Budget is scheduled for mid-March and a three-week election campaign is needed to ram home its principal messages.
    This date has apparently been pencilled in as a viable alternative to the widely expected date of 5th May, in a bid to wrong foot the Tories, who really don't seem to be challenging the Blair government on a whole range of issues.

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