Bolting to the ballot box: Snap elections through history
With Britons about to vote in a snap election, Sarah Richardson reveals eight other years when the government sprang a surprise poll on the public
1710: Embattled Whigs gamble – and lose
Why was it called? Early 1710 saw the ruling Whig party coming under pressure on a number of fronts. Firstly, they failed to negotiate peace in the War of the Spanish Succession, thus losing popularity with a public (and monarch) weary of the costs of war.