Certainly worth checking the motives for the likes of Rees-Mogg as to what loyalty he has to the Conservative party across the UK.
True about the whip, but that only applies to votes in Westminster IIRC? Still, there's local elections in NI in May where I'm sure the NI Conservatives will be fielding some candidates for council seats, and it must at least annoy them that an MP from their own party makes an appearance at a rival's party fundraiser where the monies raised from it will go towards fighting against Tories!
A Downing Street spokesman denied there were any plans to hold a General Election.
Well, it really is, inasmuch as she has already done it in 2017 by meeting the provisions of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, and because Corbyn bangs on about it so bloody much he could hardly fail to go along with it.
Yes but only in so far as parliament can theoretically refuse to grant the two thirds majority required to support a motion that "there shall be an early general election". In practice, a PM moving such a motion with a whipped parliamentary party and an opposition that never stops going on about how it wants an election more than life itself, couldn't fail to secure the necessary support.
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