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General election likely for 8 June, says Theresa May

ANNOUNCEMENT: The stage was set outside number 10 for Theresa May's suprise press conference

IN A shock press conference called for 11.05am GMT this morning, Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed that she will call for a general election on 8 June; meaning that she and her Conservative party may lose power in a few months.

May began the address by referring to "Brexit" and the fact that Britain will now be able to "regain control of its laws and borders" and that it was the "right approach" as well as contrasting the Brexit vote with a 'divided Westminster' that included MPs who were opposed to leaving the EU and still voicing their disquiet over this; threatening to oppose May's plans.

The PM also said that 'the Lib Dems want to grind parliamentary business to a standstill ' and 'the SNP opposes what the government is doing.'

RESOLUTE: Prime Minister Theresa May this morning

May added:

"If there is not an election now, game-playing will continue.

"I have only recently come to this conclusion."

There will be a motion in the Commons tomorrow proposing the election on 8 June.

Helen Grant, Conservative MP for Maidstone and the Weald commented on May's decision:

"The call for an early general election on 8 June 2017 has my full support.

"Until recently, like the Prime Minister, it was my long-held view that another election was not what our country needed. Westminster party politics of late has made it plain, however, that such a slim majority will surely compromise the Government’s position as we proceed into vital Brexit negotiations.

SUPPORT: Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and the Weald

"Theresa May requires a strong personal mandate to provide our country with the leadership, certainty and stability it needs for a full five-year term of Parliament, taking us safely beyond our departure from the European Union. A June general election can deliver that leadership, certainty and stability."

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