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Dissolution of Parliament

The dissolution of Parliament took place on Thursday 30 May 2024. All business in the House of Commons and House of Lords has come to an end. There are currently no MPs and every seat in the Commons is vacant until after the general election on 4 July 2024.

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Government defeat

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A Government defeat is when the Government fails to persuade a majority of MPs or members of the House of Lords to support them in a division (vote). The term is usually used only to describe occasions where the Government have been defeated in a whipped vote.

Government defeats are more common in the House of Lords where the Government do not have an in-built majority of their own party members.

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