“Purdah” – Dissolution of Parliament

PLEASE NOTE that Parliament will be dissolved on 30 March 2015 and it will go into “purdah” as the “pre-election period” commences before the General Election on May 7, 2015.

All MPs become candidates and do not retain any Parliamentary powers.

The term “purdah” is in use across central and local government to describe the period of time immediately before elections or referendums when specific restrictions on the activity of civil servants are in place.The Cabinet Office imposes Purdah before elections. This is a period of roughly six weeks in which Government Departments are not allowed to communicate with members of the public about any new or controversial Government initiatives.

For general elections in the past this period commenced with the announcement of the election by the Prime Minister. There will be no announcement of the next general election because the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 set the date as 7 May 2015 and Parliament will be dissolved on 30 March 2015.

The Government has recently announced that pre-election period before the next general election will begin on 30 March 2015, the same day as the dissolution of Parliament.


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