Theresa May said “we need a general election and we need one now” as she called the snap poll for June 8th in a surprise statement outside Downing Street. But that hasn’t always been her view. 

The Prime Minister admitted she has committed a colossal about turn on an early general election, saying she had: “Only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion.”

She blamed opposition parties for the second general election in just over two years, saying there needed to be unity at Westminster during Brexit negotiations.

But she hasn’t even managed to achieve unity with her own position on the country’s future. Here’s a recap of what she and her official spokesperson have said about an early general election in the last 11 months:

June 2016: Theresa May launches her campaign for the Tory leadership with a speech in which she says: “There should be no general election until 2020.”

October 2016: Asked whether she should call a general election in an interview with the BBC, May said: “What we need is stability. You’ve talked about the economic situation, you’ve talked about markets – actually, what markets want is stability and a general election would give them instability.”

May was right on that one. Here’s what happened to the pound this morning:

November 2016: A spokesperson for the Prime Minister says: “Our position has been clear that there shouldn’t be an election until 2020 – and that remains the Prime Minister’s view.”

March 7, 2017: A spokesperson for the Prime Minister responds to calls from Tories for an early general election: “It’s not going to happen. It’s not something she plans to do or wishes to do.”

March 20, 2017: A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “There is no change in our position on an early general election. There is not going to be a general election.”

Remind you of anyone…

  1. patrick newman says:

    This is obviously an opportunistic and defensive decision and I dont see why Labour needed to play along with it. Presumably Corbyn was not consulted.

  2. patrick newman says:

    A defeat in Parliament over May’s attempt to hoodwink the electorate into an extended term of office would have humiliated her and weakened her authority in the Tory Party. Ditching the fix term should have been an agreement between the main parties. Why has Labour made it easier for her?

  3. Robbie Bentley says:

    I wish I could say I was first to say it, but let us hope that “June will be the end of May”. That aside, I do see a protest vote coming on this one, so hammer the politics of hope when out on your communities. We have policies shown to be popular even among Tory voters in deep blue heartlands and what Jeremy said at the FSB last week has been received very well. We do just need to ensure we stay on message and this CAN return us to power. We need only be confident our message works that it will be given to opportunity to do so.

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