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Theresa May announces date for general election

Theresa May has announced a shock general election will be held on June 8.

The Prime Minister stunned Westminster with the announcement outside 10 Downing Street this morning.

The shock announcement comes after Mrs May had previously ruled out a poll before 2020.

She said in September: “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.”

Under the Fixed Term Parliament Act, the Prime Minister would need to win a two-thirds majority in the Commons in order to call an election before 2020.

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