School of Politics and International Relations

Will Boris Johnson get an early election?

25 October 2019

Professor of Politics, Professor Tim Bale appeared on BBC Three Counties Radio to discuss the likelihood of Boris Johnson being granted an early election. He said: “The answer to that is how likely would Labour be to give him that Christmas gift. If you look at Labour's polling its around 10 to 15 per-cent behind the Conservatives, they would be the proverbial Turkey for Christmas. Unless Jeremy Corbyn had some kind of death wish or he really thinks that he can repeat the trick he pulled off in 2017, which remember didn't actually win him an election, I think he’d be very wise to refuse it. So my guess is that we won't be going to the polls on 12th.”
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