Snap General Election gets go-ahead

MPs have backed Theresa May's call for an early election, meaning voters will go to the polls on 8 June.

They voted 522 to 13 to authorise an early poll, with the Prime Minister easily securing the support of two-thirds of MPs required to dissolve Parliament and bring the election forward from the scheduled date of 2020.

The Commons vote was a formality, given both Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron had previously said they welcomed the election, although Scottish National Party MPs abstained.

 

The Prime Minister's spokesman said the Government was aiming to dissolve Parliament on 3 May, 25 working days before election day.

Opening the debate on the motion to authorise the snap poll, Mrs May said it was time "put our fate in the hands of the people and let the people decide".

She claimed a large Conservative majority would strengthen the Government's hand in getting a good Brexit deal and provide "strong and stable leadership in the national interest".

 

 
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