Snap UK General Election Is a Desperate Attempt to Derail Scottish Independence

Cheryl Sanders
April 24, 2017

The latest odds for the General Election on June 8 have been revealed by Coral and Theresa May is now the favourite to be Prime Minister after the vote.

"Normally you would expect leadership tours to tally closely with the party's list of target seats, but Corbyn's not the electoral asset you would expect leaders to be", Justin Fisher, professor of politics at Brunel University, said in a telephone interview.

No doubt she will be pressed during the campaign to tell her supporters more clearly what they are voting for; but for the same reasons she made a decision to call an election, May will likely demur.

The decision to hold the election on 8 June - three years earlier than scheduled - was approved on Wednesday, with 522 MPs in favour and 13 against.

"I don't think May having a bigger parliamentary majority, having a mandate to pursue Brexit as she puts it, will make the European Union side more accommodating or more flexible towards Britain", he said. Voters also appear to be switching from the anti-EU UKIP party, which helped campaign for Brexit, to May's Conservatives, which will likely deliver it.

May's key argument against an early election was that after the European Union referendum, the United Kingdom needed "a period of stability" as such a poll would cause "instability".

She stressed she's "not complacent" and told party members: "We need to go out and fight for every vote". She said: "Brexit isn't just about the letter that says we want to leave".

After knocking on doors in Sedgley - with councillor Les Jones who is hoping to represent Dudley North in the forthcoming Parliamentary election - Mrs May gave a rousing speech to Conservative Party members and journalists at Netherton Conservative Club.

Mrs May is to be congratulated on taking the bull by the horns in calling for a vote of confidence in her Brexit negotiations.

Her Westminster opponents are quoting the national economy, jobs and NHS problems as reasons for voting for their own party.

"With Theresa May's record as home secretary and the way she's conducted herself since she's been Prime Minister, I don't think anybody can be in doubt as to how serious she takes those responsibilities and is really on top of the detail". One poll gave May a 37-point lead over Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in terms of who would make the best prime minister.

Labour is expected to be crushed by the Tories in the June election, with the latest polls showing Labour trailing by 24 points. Currently, the Conservatives hold only one of Scotland's 59 seats in the British parliament.

The UK drug regulator announced it would be "much quieter than usual" from midnight on Friday, 21 April until after the general election on 8 June as per civil service rules. "If you want to avoid a disastrous hard Brexit, if you want to keep Britain in the single market ... this is your chance", said their leader, Tim Farron.

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