However Section 2 of the Act also provides for two ways in which a general election can be held before the end of this five-year period:
- If the House of Commons resolves "That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty's Government", an early general election is held, unless the House of Commons subsequently resolves "That this House has confidence in Her Majesty's Government". This second resolution must be made within fourteen days of the first.
- If the House of Commons, with the support of two-thirds of its total membership (including vacant seats), resolves "That there shall be an early parliamentary general election".
In Germany n .2005 SDP Chancellor Schröder orchestrated a motion of confidence with the aim of triggering an early federal election following the defeat of his SPD in Germany's most populous state
Though Prime Minister May would probably have to rely on the support of opposition MPs o ger a 2/3 vote.
Since nearly every party then this seems possible but where does this leave Labour?