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PM 'will lose election-calling weapon'

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Yesterday Gordon Brown outlined how a future Labour government would reform the political system, reinforcing his commitment to fixed-term parliaments of four years.

Such constitutional changes would put the UK in line with the United States and some other European countries.

Historian and journalist Anthony Howard comments on how previous parliaments would have differed if restricted to four years in power.


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