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Usually, the United Kingdom holds general elections every five, or sometimes four, years. In the 20th century...........

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Usually, the United Kingdom holds general elections every five, or sometimes four, years. In the 20th century, how many times did the UK hold more than one general election in one year?

posted Jun 23 by Mridul

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Since 1802 this has happened twice: there were two General Elections in 1910 (January and December) and in 1974 (February and October). The Triennial Act 1694 set the maximum duration of the Parliament at three years, the Septennial Act 1715 extended the maximum to seven years, and the Parliament Act 1911 reduced it to five. During the Second World War, the term was temporarily extended to ten years by Acts of Parliament but since the end of the war the maximum has remained five years. General Elections have frequently been held before the term has expired, and in 2011 the Fixed-term Parliaments Act was passed establishing five years as the expected term unless two thirds of the House of Commons votes for an early general election, or the government loses the confidence of the House. The five year term has been cut short twice since then (in 2017 and 2019).

answer Jun 24 by Rahul Vaidya
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