Theresa May calls UK general election on 8 June : The Guardian

Prime minister makes surprise announcement outside No 10, saying she has delivered stability after the Brexit referendum result

Theresa May has said she wants to hold a snap general election on 8 June, despite repeatedly claiming that she was against the idea of an early vote.

In a surprise statement outside Downing Street on Tuesday morning, the prime minister claimed that opposition parties were jeopardising her government’s preparations for Brexit.

“We need a general election and we need one now,” she said. “I have only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion but now I have concluded it is the only way to guarantee certainty for the years ahead.”

May claimed the decision she would put to voters in the election, the announcement of which was a tightly guarded secret and known only by her closest aides, would be all about “leadership”.

The prime minister may have been swayed by recent polls that placed the Conservatives 21 points ahead of Labour despite a policy blitz by Jeremy Corbyn’s party. She will hope to boost a slim working majority of 17 in order to help pass both domestic and Brexit-linked legislation.

In her statement, May said her government was trying to deliver on the June EU referendum result by making sure Britain regained control and struck new trade deals.

“After the country voted to leave the EU, Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership. Since I became prime minister the government has delivered precisely that,” she said, but claimed that other political parties had opposed her efforts.

“The country is coming together but Westminster is not. Labour have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach. The Lib Dems have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill. Unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way.”

Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, May cannot call an election directly, but she said she would lay down a motion in the House of Commons that would require two thirds of MPs to back it.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party, said he welcomed the decision, suggesting his MPs will back the Commons motion.

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17 Comments

      1. David Cameron says it’s a brave and right decision, all news presenters are saying Corbyn has no chance, and the polls are against him.

        I think he will surprise them all. JC4PM

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  1. I hope the whole country pull together, ‘Which is what May tells us to do’ and act in the way we should all act by showing the Tory Gov the door.

    If they should win this election…Well. Kiss your ass goodbye. We will truly be an Authoritarian State and the people will suffer even more.

    Tories will be worse than ever. I dread to think what will become of the UNITED KINGDOM if they win.

    People need to think with their heads and not their heart.

    VOTE TORIES OUT. This will be the defining time for our future.

    Nice thinking Linda. 😉 You could be right. I bloody hope so. Jail them all.

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  2. Not forgetting the local elections that are about to take place next month. It could give us all an idea of how voting will go in the G.E.

    A band of RED all over the Country. Tories loosing seats all over the United Kingdom. Oh please let it be so.

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  3. Theresa May announces snap general election plan

    Theresa May seems confident that enough people will vote Tory as she announces general election plan.

    Despite her party being under police investigation
    Despite not complying with United Nations CRPD
    Despite all the DWP-related deaths under the Tory regime
    Despite homelessness being at an all time high
    Despite food bank usage being higher than ever
    Despite the NHS being in crisis
    https://endpropaganda.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/theresa-may-announces-snap-general-election-plan/

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    1. And escape the fact that her government was never elected because of the fraud they committed in overspending. Which would probably call into question the legality of everything they have done since…

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