Dissolve Parliament Over Expense Flap: UK Opposition
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2009 11:26 AM CDT
David Cameron, leader of the Conservative party, gestures as he speaks during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 29, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The improper-expenses scandal roiling the British government is so crippling that the entire parliament ought to be dissolved, and an emergency general election held, opposition leader David Cameron said today. The “political system is paralyzed,” said Cameron, who could push for a June vote, the Telegraph reports. “The country doesn’t want to wait another year to pass judgment on this government.”

Cameron has called for an early election many times over the past year, secure in the belief that his conservative party will oust Labour. This latest call came shortly before House of Commons speaker Michael Martin made an emergency address, saying he was “profoundly sorry” for the handling of the expenses. There have been loud calls to make Martin the first speaker ousted since 1695.