Parliament dissolved as election campaign officially begins
The UK Parliament has been officially dissolved ahead of the General Election in May.
Prime Minister David Cameron today visited the Queen for the final time ahead of May’s election – as the 2010-2015 legislative session of Parliament comes to an end, and the official campaign kicks in.
From today, Members of Parliament automatically lose their parliamentary privileges and revert to being candidates – though Mr Cameron remains Prime Minister for the duration of the campaign.
The election is set to take place on May 7 – with current forecasts suggesting the UK is heading towards another hung parliament.
Speaking outside Downing Street, Mr Cameron will say: “In thirty eight days’ time you face a stark choice… the next Prime Minister walking through that door will be me or Ed Milliband.
“You can choose an economy that grows, that creates jobs, that generates the money to ensure a properly funded and improving NHS and a Government that will cut taxes for thirty million hardworking people.
“Or you can choose the economic chaos of Ed Miliband’s Britain — over £3000 in higher taxes for every working family to pay for more welfare and out of control spending.
“Debt will rise and jobs will be lost as a result.”
Lashing out at the PM, Miliband will say today: “There could be nothing worse for our country or for our great exporting businesses than playing political games with our membership in Europe.
“David Cameron used to understand that. Perhaps he still does. But in the past five years our place in the European Union has become less and less secure.”