The Prime Minister, Theresa May has called a snap general election in a surprise announcement outside No.10.
Theresa May has said she wants to hold the general election in eight weeks time on 8 June.
This marks a turnaround for the Prime minister who has repeatedly claimed in the past that she was against the idea of early vote.
In the surprise statement she stated that opposition parties are jeopardising the government’s preparations for Brexit.
May said: “We need a general election and we need one now, because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin.
“I have only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion.
“Since I became Prime Minister I have said that there should be no election until 2020.
“But now I have concluded that the only way to guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold this election and seek your support for the decisions I must take.
“And so tomorrow I will move a motion in the House of Commons calling for a general election to be held on the 8th of June.
“That motion, as set out by the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, will require a two-thirds majority of the House of Commons.”
Opposing parties’ leaders including Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron have welcomed the Prime Minister’s decision.
According to YouGov.co.uk the Conservatives are far ahead in the current polls holding a 21 point lead over Labour.
May’s announcement may have implications locally with the Gorton by-election could be potentially called off due to the election.