Britain is to have a General Election in the Autumn. A statement from No.10, Downing?
Britain is to have a General Election in the Autumn. A statement from No.10, Downing Street the Prime Minister's official residence in London, tonight (Thursday) said "In order to remove the present uncertainty about the date of the General Election, the Prime Minister thinks it right to inform the country of his decision not to ask the Queen dissolve Parliament before the Autumn."
The announcement comes after weeks of growing speculation in the press and political circles.
The Prime Minister, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, spoke to Mr. Wilson, the Labour Opposition tonight and told him of his decision.
Reactions from the Liberal and Labour parties in the British parliament have come quickly. Mr. Jo Grimond - who leads the Liberal Party - said this evening: "This decision represents the realisation by the Conservative that they would inevitably lose an election held in June." Mr. Wilson said: "The Conservative leader's refusal to face the electors in a General Election until the last possible moment shows that whatever else has motivated him it has not been the national interest."
However, the Conservative Party, who hold a majority of ninety seats in the present government have welcomed the Prime Minister's decision. The announcement came after extensive talks with Cabinet Ministers and prominent Conservative party leaders, and when Sir Alec Douglas-Home announced his decision to his members today he was given a standing ovation.