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18th Apr 2017

Jeremy Corbyn responds to Theresa May’s General Election statement

The Labour leader "welcomes" the PM's decision

Rich Cooper

Labour leader Jeremy Cobyn has responded to Theresa May’s announcement that she intends to call a snap General Election.

May made the surprise statement outside Downing Street this morning, confirming that she intends to seek a General Election for June 8 2017.

Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn posted a response on Facebook, in which he welcomed “the Prime Minister’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first.”

Under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, the PM can call a General Election if two-thirds of lawmakers vote for it. Corbyn’s welcoming of May’s seeking of a General Election suggests that it will go ahead unfettered.