In a shock announcement this morning, Theresa May has called for a snap General Election on June 8th.
Such an announcement was always going to be shocking. However, this is particularly surprising considering Theresa May and the government have catgorically said there would not be a General Election until 2020.
June 30 2016
“There should be no general election until 2020.”
September 4 2016
“I’m not going to be calling a snap election. I’ve been very clear that I think we need that period of time, that stability, to be able to deal with the issues that the country is facing and have that election in 2020.”
October 1 2016
Theresa May ruled out the possibility of a general election before 2020 due to the risk of “instability” posed by a snap vote and worried it could ‘open the door’ for Labour.
March 7 2017
A No 10 source said: “It’s not going to happen. It’s not something she plans to do or wishes to do.”
March 20 2017
A Downing Street spokesperson told journalists in Westminster, “There is no change in our position on an early general election. There is not going to be a general election.”
April 18 2017
“I have just chaired a meeting of the cabinet where we agreed that the government should call a general election to be held on the 8th of June.”