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Theresa May announces general election plans

Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Member Posts: 7,732 Disability Gamechanger
Theresa May has just announced plans for a general election on June 8th.

There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election on Wednesday - Labour have said they will vote with the government.
The prime minister needs Parliament's backing to hold a vote before the next scheduled date of 2020.
Explaining her change of heart on an early election, Mrs May said: "I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election."

What are your thoughts?


Scope
Senior online community officer

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  • MarkmywordsMarkmywords Member Posts: 407 Pioneering
    In a nutshell, nothing will change or she wouldn't be doing it.

    The Government needs a stronger mandate with Brexit coming up. They will be able to get a new manifesto endorsed and Teresa May's currently unelected position endorsed.

    Due to Jeremy Corbyn being deeply unpopular with the general public the Tories can expect to gain more seats too. The risks from potential Tory Europhile rebels would then disappear.

    If Labour do get a thorough kicking at the polls then the moderate MP's may realise the hopelessness of their position and split off into a new party.

    I think everyone is clear now on how unwise it is to predict outcomes though.

    In any event the disabled and the young can expect to continue to be abandoned and their benefits reassigned for political ends.
  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Member Posts: 7,732 Disability Gamechanger
    Mark Atkinson Chief Executive of disability charity Scope, said: 
     
    “This election will be hugely important to disabled people in Britain and they will be looking closely at the policies and proposals from all parties. 
     
    "Scope polling of disabled people and their priorities for Government highlight that 70 per cent of disabled people believe disability benefits should be protected, 56 per cent believe there should be an increase in investment in social care and 54 per cent believe action should be taken on the extra costs disabled people face. 
     
    "There are 13 million disabled people in Britain – a hugely significant number of votes – and 89 per cent have said they will vote at the next election. We’d urge all candidates to talk to and listen to their concerns, hopes and aspirations so that any government can build a country that works better for disabled people and delivers everyday equality. 
     
    "Scope will be working with disabled people from right across the country to make sure that their voices are heard and that disability equality is a key issue in this election.”
    Scope
    Senior online community officer
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