Snap election: Labour will be 'highly defensive'

Geneva Matthews
April 20, 2017

Lawmakers voted Wednesday by a resounding 522 to 13 to back May's call for an election, easily surpassing the two-thirds majority in the 650-seat House of Commons needed to trigger an early vote.

Labour has already said it supports an early election.

With the Labour opposition weakened, May's gamble will probably pay off with an enhanced Conservative majority in Parliament - but it's unlikely to unite a country deeply split over the decision to quit the EU.

In Bolton, Mrs May said the country now has a "unity of purpose" and a desire for the Government to "get on" with implementing Brexit and "making a success of it".

Mrs May appealed for the British people to trust her to handle Brexit and rejected claims the decision to go to the country on June 8 was motivated by political opportunism at a time when the Tories enjoy a healthy opinion poll lead.

Ms Brooks says the pound could reach 1.30 against the USA dollar in the short term, and push towards 1.35 by election time.

"Brexit isn't just about the letter that says we want to leave".

"I want a Labour government that ensures that people don't wait for hours in A&E departments to get treatment". Efforts by the opposition, the House of Lords, and even some within her own Cabinet to persuade her that worldwide students shouldn't be included in net migration figures have proved unsuccessful, with Home Secretary Amber Rudd suggesting a year ago that a further tightening of policy when it came to global students was on the cards.

"Even though this outcome appears unlikely this time out, it remains a possibility and would represent the second major miscalculation by a PM in as many years", said David Cheetham, chief market analyst at XTB.

Nine Labour MPs voted against holding the election along with three independent MPs and one SDLP MP.

"Before all the detailed talks begin with the European Union and Government sets out its vision and objections for Brexit legislation, such a General Election will demonstrate determination "to get the job done".

The Prime Minister has been accused of trying to "run away" from scrutiny as broadcasters appeared set to hold election TV debates despite her refusal to take part.

The campaign effectively started once the Prime Minister announced her intention to seek Parliament approval for the election outside 10 Downing Street.

Germany's foreign minister has said he hopes that the election will lead to more clarity and predictability in the Brexit negotiations.

Labour Party shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said May had made a decision to "cut and run" ahead of Brexit negotiations and predicted an unpleasant campaign under the management of spin-doctor Lynton Crosby, the man behind the dirty campaigning for Zac Goldsmith when he ran against Labour's Sadiq Khan in the London mayoral election.

Political pundits in Britain are also attributing the move as a direct attack on a weakened Opposition, the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

Ms Dugdale said the election was about who governs the United Kingdom. A general election landslide is on the cards for the Tories, with some estimates suggesting the Government could boost its majority by more than 100 seats come June 8th. "We would like to see firm manifesto commitments to these schemes, as well as a determined, clear pledge for producing more of the construction and STEM skills we need for delivery". "If you put all those things together they equal a general election".

The snap election announced by Theresa May yesterday, has been approved by MPs. Former Chancellor George Osborne will not be seeking re-election to his Tatton Constituency after he took up a post as editor of the Evening Standard paper in London as well as other jobs.

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