Bookies slash odds of snap General Election being called in early May

Tory calls for 4 May snap election dismissed by party chiefs

Tory calls for 4 May snap election dismissed by party chiefs

Former Tory Cabinet minister John Redwood, a leading supporter of leaving the European Union, today warned that an early general election could create "difficulties" in the Brexit process. The Tory premier was not even voted in by the party's membership in the wake of David Cameron's post-EU referendum resignation because her final-round rival, Andrea Leadsom, dropped out of leadership race.

However, both Downing Street and party sources flatly denied there was any prospect of the Prime Minister ordering an early poll.

Some MPs believe Mrs May could announce an early election next week when she triggers Article 50, beginning the Brexit process.

Meantime, Andrew Gwynne, who was Labour's head of campaigns and elections, said the party, with Jeremy Corbyn sitting at the helm, was preparing for the possibility of the election.

"I have seen nothing in the last week to suggest a wobble in her position", a senior source told i.

There is also the small matter of the 2011 Fixed-Term Parliament Act, introduced under the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. While British PMs are not directly elected but picked out of an election's winning political party, May has often been criticized for directly taking over from David Cameron without scrutiny from the general public.

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Tory Party chairman Patrick McLoughlin, chief whip Gavin Williamson, and May's private secretary George Hollingbery have discussed advising May to call a snap election on May 4, according to the Times.

However, the prime minister's official spokesman was unequivocal this morning in ruling out an early election, stating: "It is not going to happen".

Under electoral law, 27 March was the very last day May could potentially move the writ for a 4 May vote, the former being the day she was expected to formally trigger Brexit.

"There is no doubt that they would be in a stronger position to take the country through these challenges successfully if they had a large and decisive majority in the Commons and a new full term ahead of them".

"It's just 2/1 [if] one is called before the end of the year", a Ladbrokes spokesperson added.

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