May announces snap general election

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to calls a snap general election on 8 June.

Speaking at Downing Street, May said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum.

May still needs Parliament's backing to hold a vote before the next scheduled date of 2020. There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election on Wednesday.

The new comes after May previously claimed she would not hold a snap election. Explaining her change of heart, the PM said: "I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election."

“If we don't hold a general election now, their political game-playing will continue and the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most difficult stage in the run up to the next general election.

Addressing the opposition parties May challenged: "This is your moment to show you mean it - to show you're not opposing the government for the sake of it, to show that you do not treat politics as a game.

"Let's tomorrow vote for an election - let's put forward our plans for Brexit and our alternative programmes for government and then let the people decide."