Regime Change starts here!Blair sets 5 May as election date

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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 April, 2005, 10:31 GMT 11:31 UK

Blair sets 5 May as election date

Tony Blair is ending months of speculation about the poll date
The general election will be held on 5 May, Tony Blair has formally announced.
Speaking after asking the Queen to dissolve Parliament next week, Mr Blair said Labour had a "driving mission" for a third term in office.

The Conservative and Liberal Democrat leaders pre-empted the announcement by starting nationwide tours of key seats.

Michael Howard accused Mr Blair's government of "losing the plot" while Charles Kennedy said he would focus on people's hopes, not their fears.

The government must now rush to get its remaining legislation through Parliament. Some key bills are likely to fall.

LIKELY TIMETABLE
Tuesday: Prime minister asks Queen to dissolve Parliament and prepares to announce a 5 May poll
Wednesday: Last prime minister's questions
Thursday: Possible last day when Parliament sits
Saturday: Campaigning suspended for royal wedding
Monday: Parliament formally dissolved


Likely campaign timetable
Howard pledges 'action'
Lib Dems welcome defector

Earlier, a Labour candidate said he was defecting to the Liberal Democrats.

Ribble Valley candidate Stephen Wilkinson said he was disillusioned with Tony Blair's "increasingly authoritarian" party.

Four opinion polls published on Tuesday suggest Labour's lead over the Tories has slipped to between 2% and 5%. They suggest the Lib Dems trail the Tories by between 10 and 16 points.

But one of the polls also suggests the Tories are 5% ahead of Labour among those "certain to vote".
 
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3 hrs and 29 minutes into it and already the coverage is starting to irritate the .... out of me. Anyone else really that interested in seeing what tony and cherie had for breakfast for the next 5 weeks, just in case it happens to influence the odd voter. Surely the last 7 years should give the average vaguely conscious voter an idea of how they wish to vote, without being told how to by the tabloid press. Or are the press really that incapable of finding other news?
 
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OldSnowy said:
Sadly, I think that most people seem to want to be told who to vote for by the Tabloids.
Quite right a lot of blinkered people out there.
Oh by the way. Who should I vote for? I seem to remember a film with Richard Pryor in where he set up the NONE OF THE ABOVE Party. I like the sound of that
 
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forniup said:
OldSnowy said:
Sadly, I think that most people seem to want to be told who to vote for by the Tabloids.
Quite right a lot of blinkered people out there.
Oh by the way. Who should I vote for? I seem to remember a film with Richard Pryor in where he set up the NONE OF THE ABOVE Party. I like the sound of that
Unfortunately that option has been made illegal in order to prevent the electorate from showing the govt what they think of them and theirs! :roll:
 
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Agent_Smith said:
I seem to remember a film with Richard Pryor in where he set up the NONE OF THE ABOVE Party. I like the sound of that

Unfortunately that option has been made illegal in order to prevent the electorate from showing the govt what they think of them and theirs! :roll:
They don't let you guys vote for write-in candidates?
 
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Whats a "write in cantidate" NWD?
 
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Ord_Sgt said:
Whats a "write in cantidate" NWD?
Suppose I didn't like the choice represented by George Bush and John Kerry for president in '04.

If I wanted to, I could "write in" a vote for anyone I pleased: Pat Buchanan, Uma Thurman, Angelina Jolie, Roy Rogers' horse.

That first one I mentioned, Pat Buchanan, solicited write in votes in states in which he was not on the '00 presidential ballot.
 
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What pissed me off the most was that I received my ballot papers on Monday morning, the 4th of April, Bliar didn't announce it til the 5th so how come? They must have been posted on the 1st 8O
 
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The Government/Electoral Commission's response to an application to register the None of the Above Party was to refuse the application, and then pass legislation to ban it. See http://www.hmso.gov.uk/si/si2005/20050147.htm This is an outrageous curtailment of democracy and is simply not acceptable. It's time we started demanding this option on ballot papers, with a defined process to follow should the None of the Above vote win a majority. More details on www.noneoftheaboveparty.org.uk. A critical safety net for the electorate, and the most important development in democracy since the Universal Franchise. It's time to get serious about it....
 

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