Theresa May calls for snap UK general election on 8 June - live updates

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Prime Minister seizes opportunity as polls give her historic lead - but must secure two-thirds majority in House of Commons for election to go ahead

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Theresa May has called for a general election to be held in the UK on 8 June. Here are the latest updates:

 
 

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The Prime Minister called for a general election to be held on 8 June, saying she had reversed her position on an early vote to ensure stability during Brexit negotiations.

For the election to go ahead, she must secure a two-thirds majority in a vote to be held in the House of Commons tomorrow.

A poll conducted for The Independent showed the Conservatives 21 points ahead of Labour on Saturday, as Jeremy Corbyn's party continues to languish in the polls.

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