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West Norfolk MP calls for election after Supreme Court ruling

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Lynn's MP says a general election is now needed after senior judges ruled the government acted illegally in suspending Parliament.

Pro-EU campaigners have hailed today's Supreme Court judgment that the decision to seek what is known as a prorogation was unlawful.

But North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham, who will now return to Westminster tomorrow, said that, while he respected the ruling, the country's constitution was being changed by what he described as "judicial activism."

Brexit concept (17422023)
Brexit concept (17422023)

He argued that a "stand-off" was likely to continue over Brexit once Parliament reconvenes on Wednesday.

He added: "I think the only way out of this now is a general election."

But reaction to the unanimous ruling has been largely divided along Brexit lines, with pro-Remain campaigners welcoming the decision.

Rob Colwell, who has today been announced as the Liberal Democrats' general election candidate for the North West Norfolk seat, said it was "a huge victory for democracy."

He said: "It goes to show Boris can't be trusted to govern and is not fit to lead our country.

"The Brexit clock is ticking and huge companies are failing in the uncertainty."

And Labour's Jo Rust, speaking from her party's conference in Brighton, added: "The prorogation of Parliament was a deliberate attempt to stifile debate and gag those who were elected to represent us. This decision is evidence of that."

However, Ruth Jolley, the Brexit Party's prospective parliamentary candidate for South West Norfolk, said she did not think judges should involve themselves in the row.

She said: "It does not seem likely that the Conservatives will manage to get us out of the EU on October 31. We expect there to be a general election soon after the missed deadline.

"We need more MPs who are committed to delivering Brexit and to reforming politics and the current establishment."

And Sir Henry claimed the latest twist in the crisis could even strengthen Mr Johnson's position in the eyes of voters as he dismissed suggestions the Prime Minister should resign.

He said: "Judging by my emails and the reaction I'm getting, this plays into his narrative."

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