MPs vote to approve Theresa May's plans for snap general election

Theresa May has won the backing of Parliament for her plan to hold a snap general election on June 8.

The vote was required by law, but her motion to hold the election was carried with broad support from across the House of Commons.

Both Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and top Liberal Democrat Tim Farron backed the move, while Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP abstained.

MPs backed the motion by 522 votes to 13. This gives the PM her two-thirds majority, which is required to call an election under the Fixed Term Parliament Act.

Opening a Commons debate on the election motion the Prime Minister told

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