Labour, Lib Dems and Greens call for snap general election

Progressive parties object to Theresa May coronation


Opposition parties are calling on putative prime minister Theresa May to call a snap general election, following Andrea Leadsom’s surprise announcement that she was dropping out of the Tory leadership contest.

‘It now looks likely we are about to have the coronation of a new Conservative Prime Minister,’ Labour’s election co-ordinator Jon Trickett said.

“It is crucial,  given the instability caused by the Brexit vote,  that the country has a democratically elected Prime Minister. I am now putting the whole of the party on a General Election footing.

It is time for the Labour Party to unite and ensure the millions of people in the country left behind by the Tories’ failed economic policies, have the opportunity to elect a Labour government”.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said it would be ‘simply inconceivable that Theresa May should be crowned Prime Minister without even having won an election in her own party, let alone the country.’

‘May has not set out an agenda, and has no right to govern,’ he continued. ‘She has not won an election and the public must have their say. From her time as Home Secretary we know she is divisive, illiberal and calculating.’

Farron has pledged to lead the Lib Dems into the next general election on a platform of keeping Britain in the EU.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas reiterated her call for a general election, arguing that ‘it is unacceptable that the next person to hold the top job in British politics is appointed by 60 per cent of Tory MPs. They have no mandate to renegotiate Britain’s place in the world.’

She continued that ‘such an election would be a major challenge for progressives’ and called on her counterparts in other parties to ‘look closely at ways of forming a political alliance to give us the best chance of beating the Tories.’

The Mirror reports that the odds of a snap general election have been slashed from 5/2 to 6/4.

While May ruled out the possibility of calling an immediate general election last week, that was on the assumption of a ‘proper contest’ for the Tory leadership. She also argued that a general election campaign would be ‘another destabilising factor’.

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17 Responses to “Labour, Lib Dems and Greens call for snap general election”

  1. Richard MacKinnon

    Brown never went to the country when he took over from Blair. Why is it different rules for the conservatives? Is there an explanation other that left wing hypocrisy? Does Jon Trickett not think before he speaks?

  2. Min Clifford

    After the chaos caused by Cameron & his Tory party, it is imperative that we have an election. I also suggest that each party give local constituencies the option of choosing new candidates to ensure the whole process is open transparent & fair. Representing the people of this country who have been abandoned and let down by their parties.

  3. Jan Flowers

    What percentage of parliament does Caroline Lucas command that gives her a place to ‘demand’ anything? It is unacceptable that she thinks she has a mandate.

  4. Yer but no. But yer, but no

    Richard MacKinnon. John Major never went to the country when he took over from Thatcher. r. Why is it different rules for Labour? Is there an explanation other than right wing hypocrisy? Does any right-wing commenter not think before they speak?

    Whataboutery . Just a shit stirrers delight.

  5. Yer but no. But yer, but no

    Jan Flowers. Why do you find it “unacceptable” that an elected member of parliament should not do their job and represent the people that ‘mandated’ her?

  6. Yer but no. But yer, but no

    ‘You should hold office because the people vote for you, not because your party has stitched up some deal” (David Cameron 2010)


    Irrespective of the democratic principles involved , an early election would be disastrous for Labour in its current state of disunity and chaos.Better to postpone until conditions are more propitious for the party ie in the middle of the coming recession .I’m guessing that Mr Trickett is indicating his support for an early poll in order to get the rebel MPs to behave: otherwise his call for an election makes no political sense.

  8. Ted

    Many people some how think we as a nation just voted to remove the elite I personally never subscribed to this view and would love it explained to me. So all the millionaires are moving the chairs around and strongly enough the same people remain in charge. Only the UK could vote to leave the EU then put a remain supporter in charge, a joke I suspect. Might I add this is not over yet it has legs………

  9. fake

    Tip: You don’t vote for prime ministers, you vote for an MP, that MP may be part of a political party with a party manifesto.

    Anyone calling for an election when the PM changes wigs is either ignorant of how the system works, and needs to re-check the options they had on their ballot paper and learn about the system, or is just plain dishonest (I’m going with the latter if it is any MP asking for this).

    Brown or May have just as much ‘democratic credit’ as Blair or Cameron.

  10. Peter Amodio

    Come what May, we need a General Election right now!

  11. Jen

    The reason we need to have a general election is not because May has been chosen by 199 out of 45,000,000 or so eligible to vote in general elections (after all, we do not elect a PM), and not because or in spite of right-wing of left-wing hypocrisy, but because these are extraordinary circumstances. People have been asked for their opinion in a very unstructured and unguarded way. People have spoken, but nobody seems to understand what they said and why they said what they said. In order to make any sense of this mess people have to be given an opportunity to elect their new representatives in the new world that has been created overnight. These representatives then must speak for the people who elected them. The MPs in place today have been elected in a different era. The world has changed drastically and there needs to be re-confirmation or re-alignment in the composition of our government. As it stands today, the government has no mandate to do anything.

  12. Alex

    An extra election … lets just spend a load more cash that we don’t have … there will be another one along in 2020 anyway, whatever we do

  13. Bronwen

    What Jen said. The “unelected PM” bit is a red herring. No party ran on a manifesto of how the UK should negotiate to leave Europe. (Ukip ran on a manifesto that it should happen, but I suspect sparse on any details.) The public needs a clear choice of future routes and then an election. My problem is I am not confident that any of the parties will provide the former and the latter is pointless until they do.

  14. fake

    Representative democracy means just that, you choose *people* (individual MP’s) to represent you in government and to deal with the situations as they arise, including choosing the party leader.

    Anything can happen at any time, recessions, war, major international incidents, you don’t call an election every time *something major* happens, what a silly argument. If you don’t like representative democracy then that is the issue you need to tackle, calling for another election under the same system will net you the same results, nothing but a waste of time born of both frustration at a result you don’t like and ignorance of the current systems workings.

    That people vote poorly is their own problem (i.e. how many people vote for a party yet don’t even know the name of the MP until they get to the voting booth, or have no knowledge of the MP beyond their name, a few token speeches but no idea about the persons skills or judgement).

  15. David

    It ain’t going to happen. Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 there can only be an early election if (1) there is a two-thirds majority for it in the House of Commons, or (2) there is a vote of No Confidence in the Government in the House of Commons (and no subsequent Vote of Confidence in the following fortnight)

  16. Reg Howard

    Since the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, passed by Cameron to bind the coalition together, it is impossible for a Prime Minister to call a snap general election.

  17. Nick

    Theresa May was not the conservative leader at the last election she was not democratically elected by the people to form a goverment

    brexit has always been about democracy hence this referendum. i would think all those that voted for brexit (i did not) would wont a chance to have a new mandate and a general elcthion as so much has changed on a political level over the past few days

    the goverment however have to stick with the 2015 manifesto if they wish to not have a general election as that is what the public voted for

    brexit however in law will prevent that manifesto from taking shape i would think as the country come 2020 will still be in a stagnant position

    if i were may (lady may) when she retires from being prime minister i would call a general election now so that the people can have there say and increase there majority by about 100 seats in order to keep the public from getting frustrated and going on to support UKIP which must be avoided at all costs

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