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Another vote in 2018? The history of rapid-fire general elections

Just how often have votes been held in quick succession?

By Tom Quinn  

Prime Minister Theresa May leaves No 10. Photo: Rick Findler/PA Wire/PA Images

After the indecisive election result in June, the smart money was on Theresa May not lasting the year as prime minister. Labour put itself on alert for an early poll. Since then, the government has been beset by internal divisions while at the same time trying to extricate Britain from the European Union. May’s deal in Brussels last week buys her some time but questions remain over the stability of the government and an early election remains feasible.

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