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Prime minister asks for backing for early vote

21 April 2017

Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, terms last five years.

She told Mr Webb: "It is unlikely, if I look at the figures, that we will have a Labour government, So what I want is actually a very strong representation of the Labour Party in the House of Commons".

"The president considers that the real political negotiations on article 50 with the United Kingdom will start after the elections foreseen for the 8th of June", Schinas told a press conference in Brussels.

He said: "I think she had little choice because so many parliamentarians have not accepted the referendum result and are seeking to reduce her ability to secure a good deal for Britain - and really I think in the hope of forcing a change of mind from the British public".

Three weekend opinion polls put the Conservatives about 20 points ahead of Labour, and if translated into votes, this could give May an "election landslide" with a majority of more than 100, according to an analysis by The Times.

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East Hampshire is seen as a relatively safe seat for the Tories, with Mr Hinds taking the baton from fellow Conservative Michael Mates in 2010 and increasing his share of the vote in 2015 to 60.7 per cent, when UKIP took second place, ahead of the Lib Dems who saw a nationwide drop in support.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May has called for an early general election for June 8 to seek a strong mandate as she negotiates Britain's exit from the European Union.

She told The Sun she chose to reverse earlier pledges not to go to the country early because she wanted to be able to go into Brexit negotiations with the "backing of the British people" as her "very clear mandate". "It's about ... getting the right deal from Europe".

A larger Conservative majority would act as a stabilising factor that would make upcoming negotiations with the European Union less disruptive - a point reflected by the resurgence in the pound after the British prime minister's announcement on Tuesday morning.

Separately May held talks at 10 Downing Street with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani over MEPs' red lines for Brexit negotiations.

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But addressing a hall in London packed with supporters, the beleaguered Corbyn denied a Conservative victory was a "foregone conclusion", pointing to his own unlikely election as Labour leader in 2015.

May, who has described herself as "not a showy politician", also said she would not take part in television debates before the election, preferring to talk directly to voters.

"I believe that at this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, not division", May said.

MPs have voted in the House of Commons Wednesday and voted for general election on 8 June.

But May won the day with a commanding majority.

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"But this is a prime minister who promised there wouldn't be one".