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Tories making contingency plans for a second election in 2010

Tories making contingency plans for a second election in 2010
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With another poll showing the Tories ahead but not by enough to secure an overall majority, The News of the World reports that the party is making contingency plans for a second election: The idea would be to take action on immigration, householders’ rights and business taxes and then go to the country again seeking a stronger mandate.

To boost the Tories’ prospects, the paper says that Cameron plans to hold a boundary review beforehand. I’d be surprised if it was possible to do that quickly enough for new seats to be in place for a second election this year. There’s also a risk that this effort to remove Labour’s in-built advantage could appear to be gerrymandering if it is followed straight away by an election.

I’ve always thought that if the Tories are just short of a majority their best chance is to come up with a Budget and challenge the Lib Dems to vote it down. That way, the blame for the second poll does not fall on the Tories.  

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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