General election is on for June 8

The main opposition Labour Party welcomed May's election call, meaning that it is nearly a foregone conclusion that May will obtain the two thirds support she needs in the House of Commons for the election to be held.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for an early election. In the first major opinion poll since the election was called, YouGov asked people who they would vote for if there was an election now.

A spokesman for Ms Bradley later said she was not speculating about what might be in the Conservative manifesto and that the Government commitment had not changed.

Now that lawmakers have approved the election, Parliament will be dissolved at midnight on May 2, 25 working days before election day.

It is no surprise that Scottish nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon, who wants another referendum on independence, says someone has to speak up for Scotland.

Somewhat unkindly, some papers are saying May called the election because she feared the controversial Corbyn was about to resign and she would face a stronger Opposition leader.

May's Conservative Party holds a slim majority in Parliament's lower House of Commons and May is banking on gaining a greater share of the seats to make Brexit a smoother transition for her government.

UK Parliament approves Prime Minister's early election callThe British Parliament approved a snap general election on Wednesday, even though general elections weren't due for another three years.

Mr Blair said the Daily Mail's "Crush the Saboteurs" headline the day after Mrs May called the election revealed her true intentions.

The constituency was held by Labour from 1997-2005 and is the party's top target seat in London, needing just a 0.2% swing to overturn Conservative Gavin Barwell's wafer-thin majority of 165.

Instead, Labour wants a "good process by which we continue to trade with Europe".

She said the early ballot would strengthen Britain's negotiating hand with the 27-member EU.

European Union officials say Britain's surprise election will not interrupt the bloc's preparations for Brexit talks - though they will slightly delay the start of negotiations.

European Union leaders will meet in Brussels on April 29 to formally approve guidelines for the negotiations.

"There are loads of people [in the Labour party] who are quite prepared to say "Och, it doesn't matter if he doesn't look like a prime minister, there's someone who's authentic and says what they believe", she said.

Gentiloni said his country fully meant to meet that commitment, despite budget limitations.

Televised debates give the opposition a chance to score points against the establishment - as Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg successfully did during the 2010 debates.

Controversial business figures like Mike Ashley of Sports Direct, Sir Philip Green, Southern Rail and tax-avoiding multinationals should be "worried" about the prospect of a Labour government, said Mr Corbyn.

"We won't be doing television debates", May said, adding that politicians should spend election campaigns "out and about" meeting voters.

  • Zachary Reyes