MPs reject holding a General Election - how Peterborough’s MPs voted

MPs reject holding a General Election - how Peterborough’s MPs voted”

In response the PM moved to call a general election on October 15 but Labour abstained on the vote - leading Boris Johnson to call his opposite number a "chlorinated chicken".

Farage did however appear to offer an olive branch to the prime minister, saying that if a "non-aggression pact" were to be formed then "with a clear policy [at a general election], we'd be unstoppable".

On Tuesday night MPs wrested control of the House of Commons from the government and yesterday passed a bill in the Commons to delay the UK's exit from the European Union in the event no deal can be reached by October 31.

As recently as Monday, Mr Corbyn wrote: "We are ready for a General Election, which will be a once in a generation chance for a real change of direction for our country".

Boris Johnson's most senior aide reportedly yelled at Jeremy Corbyn following the Government's Brexit vote loss on Tuesday night.

Jeremy Corbyn insists that he will not back a new election until the law to stop a no-deal Brexit is passed.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London.

And when the Tories are so intent on purging the Parliamentary party, a week after Scottish leader Ruth Davidson quit, of moderates like Kenneth Clarke and Philip Hammond, both former Chancellors; centrists like Justine Greening and Rory Stewart, and grandees like Sir Nicholas Soames, Churchill's grandson, it is even more reason to rue Mr Johnson's surrender of statesmanship.

"He said only two days ago that he would support an election and now Parliament, having passed a Bill that destroys the ability of Government to negotiate, is he now going to say that the public can't be allowed an election to decide which of us sorts out this mess?"

However, the motion was only voted for by 298 votes to 56 this evening (Wednesday), short of the two-thirds majority needed.

The bill will now go to the House of Lords.

Mr Johnson has ruled out asking for an extension to Article 50, prompting him to propose the motion.

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