Theresa May calls snap general election for June 8

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a snap general election.

Tuesday, 18th April 2017, 11:18 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:06 pm
Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

There was anticipation over the unexpected statement outside Downing Street, which is only used for major announcements.

She will now need to get the backing of two thirds of MPs in the House of Commons tomorrow, Wednesday, to overturn the Fixed Term Parliament Act meaning the next General Election must be 2020.

She must gain the backing of 391 MPs, meaning she must gain the support of opposition MPs or hope others abstain.