Prime Minister Theresa May calls snap General Election

PUBLISHED: 11:24 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:30 18 April 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap General Election for June 8. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA

Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap General Election for June 8. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA

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Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap General Election.

The Conservative leader announced this morning the date of Thursday, June 8.

Speaking outside Downing Street she set out the reasons for calling the vote.

She said the only way to “guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold this election and seek your support for the decisions I must take”.

Downing Street had previously denied a vote would be held before the next scheduled poll which was due to be held in 2020.

Reaction from our local MPs will follow.

5 comments

  • Hey Blob, just coz you are the size of 20 don't mean you get 20 votes

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    Footieman

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

  • The ukippers have got a head start in employing a cut price shaman to cast bones and gaze into his lead balls...as that worked so well for them in 2015!!!

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    Bob

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

  • This is obviously an opportunistic and defensive decision and I dont see why Labour needed to play along with it. Presumably Corbyn was not consulted. The reality is that it appears that Labour turkey like will be voting for their electoral Christmas. There is no need for this. Had they voted against it seems unlikely that the motion would have been carried and a humiliating defeat would have been inflicted on May and the Labour Party would have given themselves 3 years to get their act together. Confidence in the PM on the Tory benches would then be at an all time low. The inevitable mess of the latter stages of the Brexit negotiations will now be three years before a general election, not several months! Jeremy has got this wrong!

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    patrick newman

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

  • Tory - 37.5% with 348 seats Labour - 21.7% with 132 seats Libs - 11% with 15 seats UKIP - 17.2% with 5 seats SNP - 2.1% with 42 seats Others inc NI - 10.5% with 108 The Tory will win the lanslide, UKIP with mop up in some old Labour areas Lib's well they will only get a few extra in Cities like London, there will be a high protest vote for 'other parties' but overall a hard Brexit will happen as before hand May will ensure that some remaoners are de-selected in favour of Brexit backing new MP's and the SNP will get the kicking they deserve and see that a new referendum is NOT wanted in Scotland

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    Footieman

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

  • Let's hope the Stevenage Labour party don't choose the lame duck that is Sharon Taylor again as MP for the town. her uselessness was the reason the evil Tory MP we currently have got elected. Choose wisely this time please!

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    kaleef14

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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