SNAP ELECTION: Bromley reacts to Theresa May's shock announcement of snap election scheduled for June 8
PUBLISHED: 11:39 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:03 18 April 2017
The prime minister made the announcement earlier this morning
Theresa May has been accused of “playing games” by a Labour politician after she announced a snap election in less than two months time outside Number 10 today (Tuesday).
Before the announcement, there had been speculation over what the PM could announce, but as Mrs May stepped onto Downing Street, her election plans were revealed after a cabinet meeting.
MPs will now vote on whether to approve the election tomorrow, with Mrs May neading two thirds of Parliament to back the plan.
Tory MP for Bromley and Chislehurst, Bob Neill said he would back the leader of his party through her decision.
He told us: “It’s all been kept very tight, she’s particularly taken the view that the opposition are all over the shop so now’s the time for an election.
“I’m happy to have an election here, of course we are never complacent, but I don’t think there any worries here in Bromley and Chislehurst.”
Labour leader in the borough Angela Wilkins was left speechless by the announcement, before telling us: “The prime minister is the one playing games here. We do not need this election, just like we didn’t need the referendum. She is playing a political game here, this is for her political advantage, not for the country’s benefit.
“I don’t see how this election will benefit the country in any way, but it does mean the people will have to think about what they want from their post-Brexit government. It’s just not what the country needs.”
“It will be voted in favour of in the Commons tomorrow because they’ll be forced into it in some extent. But it’s kind of hard to argue that we shouldn’t have one.”
Beckenham MP Colonel Bob Stewart said the announcement was “a shock, but not that great a shock” adding other parties “forced Theresa May’s hand”.
“It came as a shock, but not that great a shock. June 8 is a very sharp turnaround, it’s going to be a short campaign.
“The other parties have forced Theresa May’s hand because they’re not being patriotic.
“They say they’re going to block Brexit. Parliament, in my view wrongly, gave the decision to a referendum, the people decided and the result of the referendum is now binding for any government.”
Liberal Democrat Julie Ireland said the party was “excited and delighted” by the news, confirming she would be running for Col. Stewart’s seat.
The West Wickham resident added: “We’ve been waiting for this day since the referendum result. We’re very confident and think we can help change local politics, since June 24 our membership across the borough has doubled.”