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Parliament return dates revealed

Houses of Parliament, Westminster
There will be a record number of new MPs in the new Parliament

Parliament will be dissolved on 12 April but will not return until Tuesday 18 May, Downing Street has said.

Traditionally, Parliament has returned in the week after the election, which is scheduled for 6 May.

It follows a recommendation by the cross-party Commons Modernisation committee, which said there should be 12 days between the two events.

This would allow time for a proper induction programme for new MPs and to give them more time to settle in.

Downing Street said it was accepting this recommendation in a statement.

There had been speculation this would happen because there will be a record number of new MPs, and because of the potential for a hung parliament. But neither of these are stated as official reasons.

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