The power to call early elections: what next for the Fixed-term Parliaments Act?

The government has announced its intention to repeal the Fixed-term Parliaments Act (FTPA), the controversial piece of legislation that limited the prime minister’s power to seek an early election. But what would it mean if this power is returned to the prime minister? Can a prerogative power be restored? And what would be lost if the FTPA no longer existed?

Our panel includes:

  • Matthew Hanney, director of Flint Global and former special adviser at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
  • Professor Meg Russell, director of the Constitution Unit
  • Mark Harper MP, former chief whip and former minister for political and constitutional reform
  • Raphael Hogarth, associate at the Institute for Government
  • Dr Catherine Haddon, senior fellow at the Institute for Government (chair)

There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

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