East Ham MP believes snap general election leaves ‘great deal at stake’

PUBLISHED: 16:54 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:55 18 April 2017

East Ham MP Stephen Timms.

East Ham MP Stephen Timms.


East Ham MP Stephen Timms believes there is “a great deal at stake” after Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election.

The MP responded to the prime minister’s announcement saying she’s going back on her pledge last year.

“Theresa May’s pledge last June that there should be no general election until 2020 has turned out to be empty,” he explained.

“There is a great deal at stake for Britain in the coming few years.

“I am seeking re-election in June so that I can work to minimise the economic damage from Brexit, campaign against damaging cuts to schools and the NHS in London, and continue to support local families and organisations through difficult times.”

The surprise election announcement by Theresa May’s Tory government was made this morning just after 11am.

Mrs May informed the Queen of her decision by phone yesterday, according to Downing Street representatives.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn welcomed the decision along with other opposition leaders but Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon called the move a “huge political miscalculation”.

West Ham MP Lyn Brown has also been contacted for comment.

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