Johnson’s bid to trigger election falls short of the required two thirds

House of Commons, London. Picture date: Friday September 26, David Cameron told MPs "there is no more serious issue than asking our armed forces to put themselves in harm's way to protect our country. Photo credit should read: PA Wire URN:21019423

Boris Johnson lost his second attempt to call an early general election in his sixth  Commons defeat since becoming prime minister.

MPs voted by 293 to 47 in favour of the motion, short of the required threshold to trigger an election.

At the end of the business, parliament was suspended by the government for five weeks. The MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit of the required votes which would have an election.

The government, under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, required two-thirds majority to trigger an early general election.