Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ming Campbell today called on Gordon Brown to end the damaging speculation over when he will call a general election.
“It’s time to stop dithering, Mr Brown, and call an election now.
“The continuous speculation is bad for the economy, bad for the political process and bad for public confidence in the Government.
“This unnecessary and destabilising guessing game is the most powerful argument yet for fixed-term four year Parliaments, an idea which the Labour party enthusiastically backed in 1992.
“The Liberal Democrats are ready and waiting for a general election as soon as possible so that the British people can have their say on a Brown government.
“We welcome the chance to put our own radical and progressive policies to the electorate.”
At their party conference last week, the Liberal Democrats backed calls for fixed-term Parliaments as part of wide-ranging reform of the way Britain is governed.