Prior to the UK General Election on June 8 2017, the Government entered a period of "purdah" where the actions of the civil service were limited.
Has this period now ended? What is the trigger for it ending?
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While it's surprisingly hard to find an authoritative reference, the purdah period for the General Election 2017 will have ended with the close of polls at 10pm on election day (8th June). The underlying reason for the restrictions is to prevent the appearance that the Government (in the general sense including Ministries and the civil service) is engaging in party politics, Which might swing the electorate. Once the polls are closed, this is obviously impossible.