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Last Updated: Monday, 4 April 2005, 16:31 GMT 17:31 UK
Timetable: Road to the polls
This is the timetable for the election campaign after Tony Blair set polling day for 5 May.

TUESDAY 5 APRIL

Tony Blair announces he has asked the Queen to dissolve Parliament ready for 5 May election.

THURSDAY 7 APRIL

MPs and peers stop sitting in Parliament, which continues to exist until it is formally dissolved.

MONDAY 11 APRIL

Parliament is dissolved. It means there are no longer any MPs, although ministers keep their jobs during the poll campaign. The election writs which formally set the poll date are issued.

TUESDAY 12 APRIL

Local returning officers receive election writs.

THURSDAY 14 APRIL

Notice of election has to be published by 1600 BST.

TUESDAY 19 APRIL

Deadline for delivery of nomination papers/withdrawals of candidature/appointment of election agents at 1600 BST. Nominations announced at 1700 or as soon as any objections settled.

TUESDAY 26 APRIL

Last day for receipt of late applications for people who cannot reach a polling station and want to vote by proxy or post (deadline 1700 BST).

TUESDAY 3 MAY

Last day for the appointment of polling and counting agents.

THURSDAY 5 MAY

Election day, with polling stations open between 0700 and 2200 BST.






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