The Fixed Term Parliament Act of 2011 heralded a new era for the UK Parliament. No longer would elections be held at the behest of the current Prime Minister, but instead decided on well in advance removing the in built advantage that the current governing party held in choosing an election date.
The impact is not merely one of dates however. Already, 16 months out from the next election, we can see all of the parties undertaking something akin to electioneering – Miliband’s price freeze for the energy companies is a prime example. This brief article ably demonstrates the impact that this new law has had on electioneering in the UK.