Early Parliamentary General Election

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:57 pm on 19th April 2017.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 12:57 pm, 19th April 2017

We have a Fixed-term Parliaments Act that enables us to have fixed-term Parliaments. I believe that at this point in time, it is right for us to have this debate and this vote in this House, and I believe that it is right for Members of this House to vote—I shall explain why—for us to have a general election at this stage.