Theresa May calls for snap election

Missy has details of the big news from the UK overnight:

This morning Theresa May has called for a snap General Election on 8 June. She will take it to the House of Commons tomorrow for the vote, she needs 2/3 majority to overturn the Fixed Parliament Act for this election. Labour have indicated they will vote for the snap election.

She reportedly spoke to the Queen yesterday to tell her of this decision, and discussed it with Cabinet this morning. At just after 11am local time she spoke to media.

It appears the disruptive politics of the opposition parties, and the threats to undermine and disrupt Brexit, has led her to this decision. She is essentially calling the bluff of the opposition who say that the Government has no mandate for their Brexit strategy.

This is a smart move. There was talk a month or so ago that she would call a General Election before triggering Article 50, but when she didn’t, all talk of it stopped. However, by having the election now it means that instead of about a year post Brexit, there will be about 2-3 years post Brexit before the General Election.

There was no indication that she would be calling an early election, though some speculation began this morning when No. 10 said there would be an announcement by the PM, but it was still a surprise to everyone in the media and other MPs. Corbyn was interviewed on GMB this morning and nothing was mentioned about the possibility of a GE.

Theresa May reportedly made the decision over Easter, and has moved quickly on the decision.

The radio this afternoon has been interviewing MPs from other parties (all men) who have all been very negative, and suggesting that Theresa May is running scared, and that she wants to have an election before her disastrous Brexit plan becomes public, to be honest they were sounding more desperate and scared than May.

Nicola Sturgeon has claimed that calling an early General Election is a huge political miscalculation because Scots will reject the PM’s divisive agenda. It is a little ironic that she is calling the PM’s agenda divisive since her agenda since last June has been divisive.

Nicola Sturgeon didn’t answer questions as to whether her case for a second referendum would be undermined if the SNP performed worse than in 2015. She claimed that the 2016 Holyrood election result has given her the mandate for a second referendum, however, Ruth Davidson – leader of the Scottish Conservatives – plans to make opposition to a second Independence referendum central to their campaign, and send a strong message that they oppose the SNP’s divisive plan for a second referendum.

Labour seem to be in disarray – again.

There is a lot of speculation on what will happen to Jeremy Corbyn after the election and the expected severe losses that Labour will suffer. Already he is being asked if he will resign after the election if Labour loses seats, but he is not being drawn on that.

One senior Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, said he will not stand in the election due to differences with the labour Leadership, and not long after his announcement another MP, Alan Johnson also said he will not stand again, it is expected that more will follow.

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  1. Nelly Smickers

     /  19th April 2017

    The *SUN UK* reports:
    TONY BLAIR has insisted Labour’s “essential duty” is to block an EU exit at ‘ANY COST’ and claimed Brexiteers are living in a ‘right wing fantasy world’……..


    • Hard to find anything nice to say about that particular warmonger

      • David

         /  19th April 2017

        “Hard to find anything nice to say about that particular warmonger”

        How about the only UK Labour leader to win a general election in nearly the last 50 years?

    • Missy

       /  19th April 2017

      Nelly, that has been going around on twitter for a while now – as you say, awkward.

      Along with the quote from Nick Clegg in 2008 saying that the Liberal Democrats will hold a meaningful vote on EU membership (they voted against doing so when in coalition with the Conservatives, and now want to overturn the result of the referendum last year).

      None are doing themselves any favours.

      • Nelly Smickers

         /  19th April 2017

        Yes, now you mention it, I see it’s been doing the rounds since 1983!
        Great pic of *America’s Poodle* though, ‘eh XD

        • Missy

           /  19th April 2017

          It is a great pic Nelly, I think I might put it on my wall (sorry dartboard on the wall). What are the chances I could hit the bullseye? 🙂

  2. Nelly Smickers

     /  19th April 2017

    LOL ❗

  3. As regards Labour MPs. This will flush out those who can easily secure a job in the private or public sector. Corbyn is a thorn in the side of many. There’ll be a few more who bail I’d say.

    • Missy

       /  19th April 2017

      It is expected that many more will bail Trav, and the one’s that don’t run the risk of being de-selected if they don’t support Corbyn.

  4. Missy

     /  19th April 2017

    The comments on this over at the Standard are hilarious with some of their delusion.

    A couple are questioning why Jeremy Corbyn would support it when it would almost certainly be against Labour’s interests, well I have a simple answer. This morning Corbyn was on Good Morning Britain, during the interview he said that Labour voters support their policies and that the rest of the voters would too, he also commented on how poorly the Government were doing, and that Labour’s policies would be more popular and better for voters. After that interview he could do nothing but support an early election, he would do himself more damage if he did not.

    Interestingly in his interview he also admitted (eventually) that he had made too many mistakes and could not pick just one when he was asked by Piers Morgan.

    The funniest and most deluded comment has to be this from McFlock:

    ” suspect the libdems and labour will gain seats, ukip I have no idea. But I think the conservatives will lose seats. Dunno about the election itself – any opposition victory will be coalition government, if it happens at all.

    Winners don’t usually call snap elections.”

    I can help him out here.

    1. the Lib Dems may gain seats, but only one or two around London would be my guess, though I don’t think this is a given.

    2. Labour is expected to lose seats, some predictions have them losing anything from 30-70 seats, either way, Labour will not gain seats, the best they can hope for is to retain the one’s they have.

    3. UKIP will probably get no seats, their only MP in the House of Commons has left the party and is currently sitting as an Independent, hard to know if he will stand as an Independent or re-join the Conservatives – either way he will not be a UKIP MP and will most likely just be another Conservative vote in Parliament.

    4. The election itself will be a win to the Conservatives, highly likely with a greater majority than they already have.

  5. Bill Brown

     /  19th April 2017

    Not since Churchill has anyone had such an opportunity to destroy the Labour Party.

  6. Missy

     /  19th April 2017

    This morning Tony Blair has urged people to vote for anti-Brexit MPs in order to try and stop it. There are also rumours he will campaign for the Liberal Democrats.

    On the Lib Dems, one day after GE announced and they are already in some difficulty on Social Media. Tim Farron was interviewed last night and refused to answer the question as to whether he thought homosexuality was a sin – apparently he is a very conservative Christian and there are some in the public who claim that he is a homophobe – despite the Lib Dems policies. This could hurt them if some make a big deal about it, his refusal to answer is leading to the conclusion that is his belief.


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