Gordon Brown held the door slightly ajar for the prospect of fixed term parliament,s but like George Osborne, he seems to have a fundamental misunderstanding of the concept. A fixed term in a parliamentary democracy does not mean than you cannot have an election within the four (or five) year term. If the government fails to command a majority on a vote of no confidence then an election must be called. In Germany they even have so-called "constructive votes of no confidence" where the government MPs vote against their own party. This then means an election has to be held (this happened in 1982, I think).
Two LibDem MPs are tabling a Bill on Fixed Term parliaments today. I fully support the idea. It's now time for a cross party campaign to be launched. Watch this space. If anyone would like to be involved in such a campaign, please email me iain AT iaindale DOT com.
Conor Burns has written on the subject on Con Home today HERE.