MPs expenses: Voters want general election

Almost two thirds of voters want a general election to be held as soon as possible amid mounting public anger at MPs’ expense claims.

A poll by ComRes for BBC Two’s Daily Politics programme found that 65 per cent of those surveyed felt there should be an election while 33 per cent disagreed.

Politicians who have been “named and shamed” in the expenses revelations should be forced to quit Parliament, according to 64 per cent of those questioned.

The poll also suggests that fears the controversy over MPs’ expenses will effect voter turn out at the next election are unfounded.

Although 28 per cent said they were less likely to vote in next month’s local and European elections following the revelations, 25 per cent said it had made them more likely to cast their ballot.

Another 47 per cent said the scandal had not affected their decision.

ComRes spoke to 1,011 voters between May 13 and 14.

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