Theresa May announces snap general election on June 8

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    Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a general election in the United Kingdom in a bid to cement her party's grip on power.

    Ms May made the announcement from the steps of Number 10 Downing Street, following months of favourable polls for the Tories.

    The Prime Minister said she would go to Parliament and ask for the national vote on June 8, adding: "We need a general election and we need one now".

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    She said: "I have just chaired a meeting of the Cabinet, where we agreed that the Government should call a general election, to be held on June 8."

    She explained that she had only come to the conclusion an election was needed "recently", after months of Downing Street denying she would call one.

    But the Prime Minister said a strong government was needed before pushing ahead with Brexit talks with the European Union.

    Without a snap general election Ms May said "political game-playing" in Westminster coincide with negotiations reaching their "most difficult stage" in the run-up to the previously scheduled 2020 election.

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    "Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit, and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country," she said.

    "So we need a general election and we need one now. Because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done, while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin."

    She also threw the gauntlet down to Jeremy Corbyn and other party leaders to back the call for an election - as she needs a two thirds majority in the Commons to move ahead.

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    Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media outside 10 Downing Street (Reuters)
    Ms May went on: "Our opponents believe because the Government's majority is so small that our resolve will weaken and that they can force us to change. They are wrong.

    "They under-estimate our determination to get the job done and I am not prepared to let them endanger the security of millions of working people across the country, because what they are doing jeopardises the work we must do to prepare for Brexit at home and it weakens the Government's negotiating position in Europe."

    A ComRes survey for The Independent put her party 21 points ahead of Labour at the weekend, its greatest lead while in government since 1983, shortly before Margaret Thatcher’s second victory at the ballot box.

    Commenting on the Prime Minister's call, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "This election is your chance to change the direction of our country.

    "If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance."

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    Smart move. May will win this easy. Jeremy will lose his job three years early.
     
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    Wahaaay election's are up!

    But seriously, not all that shocking tbh...theyll use the 'importance' of 'continuation' and 'consistency' in light of the EU exit to plead the Tory case.

    Plus tbh, Labour arent doing particularly well (putting it mildly) in the polls anyway.

    Should be an easy fresh mandate for the Tories and (perhaps more importantly for her) an actual mandate for May.
     
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    EK VARI FER.......
     
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    May has played it smart and knows it'll be an easy win.
     
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    im not sure its going to be the cake walk she thinks it is. the labour party is split in two, but its also clear that May is not a natural leader. I suspect she's allegedly refusing to participate in the debates because she is way out of her league and will lose a lot of support if she does.

    corbyn will come out guns blazing on the other hand, and I think will make a compelling case. the noise we hear won't be representative of the reality on the ground, you could equally hear the tories talking about economic and fiscal prudence, as much as you could hear the labour blagrite backstabbers, as much as you can about socialist activism from corbynites as much as you could the life Dems as a protest and tactical vote.

    the result probably favours the tories at this point, but the polls are entirely useless and I bet it will be extremely close come the day.
     
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    The polls were within the margin of error during 2015 GE, EU referendum and US election. Here, the polls are so damning against Labour that its wishful thinking to expect anything but defeat. The polls historically also tend to overestimate Labour support.

    As a Labour voter its disappointing to see the party in as bad a shape since Michael Foot in 1983. As I said during the general politics thread - even looking beyond Corbyn, there is a lack of viable, inspiring leadership candidates in the party. No party has a divine right to exist - look at the French Socialist Party that's been hammered with Benoit Hamon not even getting to the 2nd Round. I don't even expect the infighting to cease post-Corbyn.

    In Scotland, we are even behind the Conservatives. There's also a chance some disaffected Labour Remain voters may switch to the Lib Dems.

    The one benefit from this election would be UKIP's decline, however I see that benefiting the Tories more than Labour. May's hard Brexit stance means she'll pinch a decent chunk of votes from them.
     
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    I spent an evening with a bunch of labour workers and campaigners a couple of nights ago, they all seemed resigned to a loss and still celebrating the division in the party. it was interesting to hear that a couple were going on a sponsored trip to Israel, which after the hushed controversy a few months ago I thought would have been dealt with more discretely.

    when I mentioned I was likely a defector from the Conservative party, the reaction was one almost of shock.

    very few were supportive of corbyn, which I think is more a function of the state of the Labour Party than of labour supporters. the only thing I am reticent about in voting labour is that my MP is a turncoat blairist traitor who I'm loathed to support, but I want to register a statement for Corby's social policy as the only cohesive and sensible one even at the cost of a catastrophic economic policy.
     
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    Don't be alarmed if we end up with a Tory Liberal coalition.

    I cannot stand Dim Tim let alone the Lim Dems.
     
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