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Is Gordon Brown set to call a summer election?

As the rumours about a possible summer 2009 election continue to circulate throughout Parliament there is speculation that a rogue element within the Labour Party is trying to force the hand of Gordon Brown. Markedly, the comments about the general election date are anonymous and none have been attributed to any of Gordon Brown's inner circle or close friends. This leads many to believe there will be no election in 2009 and Gordon Brown will use the full term of his tenure to try and win back the UK voters.

The Labour Party is walking a political tightrope because suggestions are that 2009 may be even worse than 2008 for the UK consumer. There is also speculation that the UK economy could actually move into a depression or at least a very deep recession which may take until well into 2010 or even further to bottom-out. If this is the case then Gordon Brown may well be better off trying to force an election in early 2009 before the situation gets any worse and he loses the impetus of his recent bounce with the voters.

The call for the next general election will be the most important call of Gordon Brown's political career so far.

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