May wins Parliament vote to hold snap elections on June 8

"Opinion polls have been saying that the conservatives have a huge lead over the Labour party, therefore you can view the prime minister's decision to go for a general election as a piece of cheap opportunism to get an easy victory over the Labour party".

On Wednesday, 522 MPs voted in favour of the motion.

She didn't vote for Brexit, but has vowed to carry it out.

May made a unexpected announcement Tuesday that she would seek a "snap" election less than halfway through her government's five-year term, with the aim of gaining a stronger mandate for the country's historic withdrawal from the European Union.

"Yesterday [Theresa May] changed her mind, not for the good of the country, but for reasons of simple party advantage".

May, who was appointed prime minister after the country voted in favour of Brexit in June past year, enjoys a large lead in the opinion polls, with 50 percent saying she would be the best prime minister.

"With a bigger majority she can afford more defections", Ford said, adding: "It would give May more freedom to compromise".

This shift to a large majority will allow May to negotiate a hard Brexit deal that will pass even if some in her party vote against the final agreement.

Both Sturgeon's Scottish Nationalists and the Liberal Democrats want Britain to remain in the EU's single market - something May has ruled out, along with a referendum on any deal she wins. "Labour's self-inflicted weakness has presented the excuse".

During the debate, held on Wednesday afternoon in the House of Commons, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn reminded the prime minister that she had previously stated emphatically that there wouldn't be a general election until 2020.

Although the outcome of the vote was never in doubt, MPs used the debate to make party political points and to attack whichever party represents the greatest threat in their constituency. Labour had 24 per cent and the Liberal Democrats had 12.

Her appetite to compromise on such topics as trade and immigration will become clearer on the campaign trail, when pressure from voters and other political parties will force the prime minister to clarify her policies.

Theresa May is considering appearing on TV as part of her election campaign, but will not participate in a head-to-head leaders' debate, it has been reported.

"Give me the mandate to fight for Britain".

May, previously the interior minister, took over as prime minister for David Cameron, who resigned past year after voters said Yes to Brexit.

An early election would therefore be the fourth big vote in four years starting with the general election of 2015. The main opposition Labour Party has 229 seats, but numerous party's MPs are estranged from their leader Jeremy Corbyn. "This is a Prime Minister who promised that there wouldn't be one". They formed part of a coalition government in 2010, a majority in 2015 and are expected to return to power on June 8, which would hand May a new mandate for a series of reforms she wants to make and also a vote of confidence for her vision of a "hard" Brexit.

"Labour will be offering the country an effective alternative to a government that has failed to rebuild the economy, delivered falling living standards and damaging cuts to our schools and [the National Health Service]", he said.

The parties have begun the process of selecting the candidates for the poll in seven weeks time.

"Who on earth would hold a general election at the start of the most critical talks in the history of this nation's history?"

Some high profile MPs will be standing down at the election.

Several Labour MPs have already announced they will not contest their seats, including veteran frontbencher Alan Johnson.

Meanwhile former Tory Chancellor, Ken Clarke who initially said he would step down in 2020 before the next election has said he will be standing in June.

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