BBC East Midlands' political editor Tony Roe says:
"It is indeed the case that under the FTPA the next election will be in
five years time, so in theory Christmas elections are on the cards for a while.
"But the feeling among MPs of all parties in the
last parliament was that the FTPA has been a bit of blunder.
"It’s only actually worked once with the 2015
election. The current election is the second since then... 2020 was meant to be
the next election."
Mr Roe warns voters not to be surprised if the act is repealed,
with a reversal to the situation where we have to have an election "at
least every five years".
"That will make Parliament more responsive to events,"
"No-one likes treading the streets canvassing in the dark,
not the politicians who have to knock on the doors nor the people opening their
doors, letting the heating out and the cold air in. And the hot air..."
Five ponies have been rehomed after they were seen standing in waterlogged fields north of Derby during widespread flooding earlier this month.
A group of animal lovers said they rescued the horses after they became "stranded" in flood water, close to the River Derwent near the A38 Little Eaton island on 8 November.
Ruth Darby, who along with Sue Williams bought the horses, said: "We are probably mad but we have become attached to them and want to give them all a better life."
They have set up a JustGiving page to help pay for their care.
The RSPCA had sought to reassure the public after pictures emerged of the horses during heavy rainfall.
A spokeswoman said they had a "tendency to congregate close to the road where the water [was] deeper" and it was "not the case" they were stuck or in danger.
Man arrested after pursued 'stolen' car crashes
A man has been arrested after a "stolen" car pursued by police crashed on a street in Long Eaton.
Derbyshire's roads policing unit tweeted a stolen vehicle was spotted and failed to stop.
The force said the driver was pursued before his car hit a stationary vehicle and overturned on Draycott Road at about 14:50.
The driver, 43, was taken to hospital with minor injuries before being arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, theft of a motor vehicle, burglary and recall to prison.
A Derbyshire Police spokesman added they are investigating an allegation the car, a Toyota Corolla, had been stolen from Rose Hill Street in Normanton earlier in the day while its owner was defrosting it.
Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands
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It's another chilly day, but not quite as cold as yesterday.