8 June general election confirmed
19 April 2017
Britain will go to the polls on 8 June after MPs backed Theresa May's call for a snap general election.
Politics Home has reported that MPs voted 522 to 13 in favour of the move - easily clearing the two-thirds majority needed to override the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.
It kick-starts a seven week campaign in which the Conservatives are odds-on favourites to massively increase their overall majority.
The historic vote followed a 90-minute Commons debate in which the Prime Minister said Parliament must decide "how best to secure the stability and certainty we need" ahead of the Brexit negotiations.
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