- Aug 1, 2006
MPs are voting on the motion put forward by the government, that there should be an early general election.
Government defeated on motion calling
The government has been defeated on a motion pushing for an early general election because not enough MPs supported the PM’s call.
Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Acts, Boris Johnson needed the support of two-thirds of MPs - at least 434 - to trigger an early poll.
But only 293 MPs voted for an election – with 46 against. We’ll find out how many MPs abstained on the motion later.
Second time Government call for election rejected.