MPs back pre-Christmas general election, video


Boris Johnson’s wish for a general election on 12 December looks set to be granted after MPs voted in favour of it by 438 to 20; a majority of 418.

The prime minister had already defeated an attempt to change the date to 9 December (see: 8.01pm) – the only serious opposition remaining to his proposal – and the bill that seeks to implement a 12 December general election will now pass to the Lords, who are expected to wave it through.