May's Conservatives lead in latest election YouGov poll

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for snap elections on June 8 after she won an overwhelming backing of MPs. Lawmakers voted Wednesday by a resounding 522 to 13 to back May's call for an election, easily surpassing the two-thirds majority in the 650-seat House of Commons needed to trigger an early vote. "We all win", he will say.

He said Mrs May's U-turn on her previous insistence that she would not call a snap election showed she could not be trusted.

Nearly exactly 20 years since Tony Blair led Labour to the first of three consecutive election victories, the party is languishing in the polls ahead of the June 8 vote.

She rightly says the country needs a positive response for the Brexit negotiations, repeating that the decision to leave Europe is irreversible.

Corbyn wins only 14 per cent, according to pollster YouGov.

The Sun, Britain's top-selling newspaper, splashed the headline "Blue Murder" - a reference to the Conservatives' color branding and the prospect of Labour losing dozens of seats.

Mr Marshall-Andrews, who sat in the socialist group of Labour MPs alongside Mr Corbyn, said that the Labour Party's failure to lead the arguments against Brexit had "provided a concession of both votes and credibility to Ukip".

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said that, for May, calling the election is "the political equivalent of taking candy from a baby". "That is what this is about", she said.

Deutsche Bank economists have changed their view on the pound following May's election call, which they describe as a "game-changer".

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

This time a year ago, Cameron fully expected Britain to vote to remain in the European Union in the referendum he had called for June. "That is what our plans for Brexit and our plan for Britain will deliver, and that is what the Conservative Party will be offering at this election". Leaders of European Union states are due to adopt negotiating guidelines at an April 29 summit, and the bloc will prepare detailed plans for the talks with Britain by late May. Opinion polls give them a big lead over the Labour opposition, and May is gambling that an election will deliver her a personal mandate from voters and produce a bigger Conservative majority in Parliament. Labour is the party that will put the interests of the majority first.

Unofficial electioneering kicked off in the weekly Prime Minister's Questions session in the House of Commons, as May traded barbs with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

But Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, described the decision as a "huge political miscalculation" that could help her efforts to hold a new independence referendum.

She has also played up the strength of the economy - a key campaign theme that her Conservative Party will use to try to undermine Labour in the election. The Lib Dems now have just nine seats in Parliament.

Still, currency markets welcomed May's announcement as a harbinger of greater stability.

  • Leroy Wright