TIMELINE-Likely timetable for Britain’s election

April 6 (BestGrowthStock) – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is
set to confirm on Tuesday that a parliamentary election will be
held on May 6.

Following is a timeline of key dates:

April 6 – Brown to call election.

April 6 week – Parliament finishes essential business in
what is known as “wash-up” session before members head for
constituencies to campaign or head into retirement. Around 150
members of parliament are not standing for re-election.

April 8 – Bank of England decision on interest rates due, as
well as data on manufacturing and industrial output. Analysts
expect rates to be kept at a record low of 0.5 percent but the
data will be closely watched for signs of economic recovery, a
central campaign issue. (ECONDATA: )

April 8 – Reuters publishes latest Ipsos MORI poll of
marginal seats. [nUKPOLLS10]
April 12 – Parliament expected to be dissolved. Dissolution
marks the start of a “purdah” period, during which ministers and
civil servants must follow guidelines to ensure they do not use
their position for party political advantage before the ballot.

April 12-13 – U.S. President Barack Obama hosts an
international summit on nuclear security. Brown has not
confirmed if he plans to attend or stay in Britain.
April 15 – The first of three televised debates between
Brown, Conservative leader David Cameron and Nick Clegg, leader
of the Liberal Democrats. The debate will be aired on Britain’s
ITV1 channel, and focus on domestic affairs.

April 21 – Employment statistics expected.

April 22 – Public finance figures for March expected. This
will include the size of Britain’s budget deficit, forecast to
be the largest on record. Reducing the deficit is the main issue
on which the election is being fought.

April 22 – Sky News to host another TV debate by heads of
the main parties. The theme is expected to be foreign affairs.

April 23 – Preliminary gross domestic product for the first
quarter to be announced. The figure will be closely watched for
any sign of a “double-dip” recession.

April 28 – Reuters poll of economists’ forecasts to be
published on next Bank of England interest rate decision as well
as the probability of a “hung parliament”, in which no party has
an absolute majority.

April 29 – The final televised debate between main party
leaders, hosted by the BBC. The main theme will be the economy.

May 5 – Reuters poll on sterling to be published. Sterling
(GBP=: ) has been sensitive to political developments, and polls
suggesting a hung parliament have put pressure on the pound.

May 6 – Polling day. Polls close at 2100 GMT and exit polls
will give first indication of outcome.

May 7 – Declaration of election results from 650
constituencies. Some constituencies are likely to forego the
traditional overnight count on cost grounds, meaning results
will come later in the day.
May 12 or 18 – Parliament will reconvene. Parliament
normally holds its first session six days after an election, but
a proposal is under consideration to extend this to 12 days.

Brown is likely to give a date for first session of
parliament when he announces the election date on Tuesday.

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TIMELINE-Likely timetable for Britain’s election