The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May has announced a plan for a snap general election on the 8th of June 2017, just two months away.
Speaking on the foot of Number 10, the Prime Minister said:
“The country is coming together but Westminster is not. I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election.”
However, it is not a given certainty that the election would happen. The fixed parliament act required that the next general election occurs in 2020. To break this convention she would need to get parliament to either vote 2/3 in favour for calling a general election or gather a vote of no confidence in her party.
The commons will vote tomorrow afternoon on the issue of a snap general election.
Birmingham Eastside will be joined by Politics in Brum for rolling coverage of the election including a live-blog on the 8th of June.