Tuesday 6 April 2010
The media is reporting that this morning the Prime Minister will ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament. Upon his return he will make a formal announcement that the election will be held on May 6th. Parliament will return from the Easter Recess, and will enter the "washup". A copy of the interesting and informative Standard Note (House of Commons Library) is available here.
Once work has been completed, Parliament will be prorogued (as happens at the end of every (annual) session. It will then de dissolved by Royal Proclamation.
Statistics on the electorate are available here.