Johnson hints at April election

Health secretary Alan Johnson has inadvertently hinted that Labour is expecting to fight an election campaign in April 2010. Responding to polls putting the Conservatives well ahead of Labour, Johnson said his party was still in the running “eight months before a general election”. Such a timetable would suggest that Labour is planning a 6 May polling day, to coincide with council elections. An election must be called by 3 June, 2010.