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The Prime Minister has to day (18th April) announced a political bombshell today by calling for a snap General Election on June 8, 2017
The Prime Minister strode out of Cabinet [into Downing Street} to announce that she wanted a big mandate to negotiate Brexit.
“We need a general election and we need one now,” she said.
A motion will be put to the vote in the House of Commons on 19th April
For more information CLICK HERE
Once an election is announced, a period of what is called Purdah comes into effect.
During this period of purdah, various political decisions need to be deferred, for suitable guidance see the House of Commons research paper CLICK HERE
Theresa May has won the overwhelming backing of MPs for her decision to hold a general election on 8 June, saying it will secure “stability and certainty” as Britain prepares to enter Brexit talks.
MPs backed the government motion to hold a general election, with 522 voting in favour and 13 against, a majority of 509. It gives the prime minister the two-thirds majority she needed to overturn the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, passed by the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition in 2011, without which no general election could have been held until 2020.
If you will be aged 18 years or over on 8th June ensure that you are registered to vote by 22nd May 2017
Others affected will be those residents who have physically moved home since the previous was undertaken by the electoral registration officers
You may need the following, if you have them:
You need to be on the electoral register to vote in elections and referendums.
People can vote in a General Election if they are a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen aged 18 years or older on the election day on June 8 this year.
Voters also must be resident in the UK or have been registered to vote in a British election within the last 15 years if they are living abroad.
EU Citizens CANNOT VOTE but can still influence the outcome by campaigning for/against the prospective Members of Parliament in their parliamentary constituency
Things to remember:
A programme on BBC Radio 4 has highlighted the problems in the process posed to those with a learning disability (or restricted sight) negotiating the voting process
Mencap offer guides to voting CLICK HERE for info