Boris Johnson rejects calling snap election after fuelling speculation

Boris Johnson has rejected calling a snap election after fuelling speculation he could go to the country early.

The prime minister ruled out a fresh poll in an interview recorded before the government became embroiled in fresh controversy when Tory MP Chris Pincher quit as deputy chief whip, a role in which he was responsible for party discipline, on Thursday over accusations he drunkenly groped two men on a night out.

That day Mr Johnson had repeatedly failed to dismiss the prospect of an election before the next scheduled date in 2024.

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It followed reports that staff at Conservative Party headquarters had war-gamed the idea of calling a snap ballot if Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is forced to resign as a result of an investigation by Durham Police into alleged breaches of coronavirus rules.

However, asked in a recorded interview with LBC radio, broadcast on Friday, whether the idea of an early election is…


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