MPs have voted down a bid by Boris Johnson to call a General Election next month.

The Prime Minister put forward a motion for an election on Tuesday October 15.

After a day of political games, tactics and counter tactics the motion was voted down by … votes to …

The Prime Minister and Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, clashed throughout the day on whether to have an election.

Mr Corbyn said that to vote for a General Election now was the poisoned apple of a no deal Brexit.

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He said that Mr Johnson wants to shut down Parliament and leave he EU with no deal.

Instead Mr Corbyn said he wants the bill voted for by MPs to ensure Britain does not leave with no deal on October 31 to be passed before any General Election.

Mr Johnson had said an election was now necessary because Parliament has made it impossible for the government to function.

He said: “The country has to decide who to send to Brussels for negotiations adding “He (Mr Corbyn) would beg for delay”.

He said: “It is impossible for government to function if parliament votes against everything it proposes.

“There must now be an election on Tuesday 15 October.”

The Prime Minister’s call for an election however, was branded “game playing” and “disingenuous” by opposition MPs.

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Labour, SNP and the LibDems said they would not vote for an election now until the possibility of a no deal Brexit was ruled out.

Mr Corbyn said: “The offer of an election now is a bit like the offer of an apple to Snow White.

“It is the poison of a no deal. Let the bill (to block no deal) pass then we will vote for an election.”

He branded the Prime Ministers tactic of calling for an election : “A disingenuous game unworthy of his office. A cynical movement from a cynical Prime Minister.”

Earlier he had said he would welcome an election stating “we want an election to turf this government out.”

The SNP also refused to back the election bid stating Boris Johnson can’t be trusted.

Ian blackford, SNP Westminster leader, said: “We will not be party to Boris Johnson’s games or allow him to use an election to force a no deal Brexit through the backdoor. Simply put – the SNP could not support the motion because we do not trust the Prime Minister.”

Earlier in the day the Government suffered a second defeat in the House of Commons in two days over Brexit.

Tory rebels who were kicked out of the party after voting against the Government on Tuesday, voted with the opposition parties to back a law that would stop a no deal Brexit.

MPs voted by a majority of 29 to pass the bill to block a no deal Brexit, which could force Boris Johnson to ask the European Union for another extension, something he has said he will not do.

Mr Johnson has been adamant that the UK is leaving the EU on October 31.

The complexity and political game playing became evident when during a series of votes, an amendment by Labour MP Stephen Kinnock to bring back Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement was passed by default after those against it didn’t put up enough tellers to count the votes.

It has been suggested it was a deliberate move by the government.

Earlier during Prime Minister’s Questions Mr Johnson said Labour was scared of an election.

Mr Johnson had asked Mr Corbyn: “Can he confirm now that he will allow the people of this country to decide on what he is giving up in their name with a general election on October 15 - or is he frit?”

Mr Corbyn had repeatedly asked the Prime Minister to reveal the prospect of food and medicine shortages in the event of a no-deal Brexit, before telling MPs that Mr Johnson was “absolutely desperate to avoid scrutiny”.

He went on: “I can see why he’s desperate to avoid scrutiny - he has no plan to get a new deal, no authority and no majority.

“If the Prime Minister does to the country what he has done to his party in the last 24 hours, I think a lot of people have a great deal to fear from his incompetence, his vacillation and his refusal to publish known facts that are known to him about the effects of a no-deal Brexit.”