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Tories 'start with an advantage'

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The prime minister will announce today that the general election will be held Thursday 6 May. But what happens now? The Times's assistant editor and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government, Peter Riddell discusses what happens when parliament dissolves and what may occur in the event of a hung parliament

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