Prime Minister Theresa May has completely u-turned on holding a general election.
On Tuesday morning, the Prime Minister called for a vote on a general election.
If parliament votes to dissolve itself, requiring a 2/3 majority, the election would be held on 8 June.
Citing her government’s small majority in the House of Commons, her minority in the House of Lords, and the need to strengthen her negotiating hand in Europe, May said
We need a general election, and we need one now, before detailed talks with Europe begin.
May acknowledged that previously she categorically denied she wanted to hold an election, but then brushed it under the carpet pretty quickly.
I have recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion.
Since I became prime minister I have said there should be no election until 2020 but now I have concluded that only way to guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold this election and seek your support for the decisions I must take.
May seems to be forgetting all these statements issued on her behalf:
There isn't going to be one. It isn't going to happen. There is not going to be a general election
I’m not going to be calling a snap election. I’ve been very clear that I think we need that period of time, that stability, to be able to deal with the issues that the country is facing and have that election in 2020.”