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Live: Theresa May calls for snap General Election on June 8

Theresa May has called for a snap General Election on June 8.

It comes less than a month after Downing Street said an early election was "not going to happen".

Here are the latest developments:

  • Mrs May said she had "reluctantly" come to the decision as Westminster was too divided going into Brexit negotiations
  • The prime minister needs the backing of two-thirds of MPs to hold the election, with a vote due in the Commons on Wednesday
  • Mrs May told ITV News she made the decision during her recent walking holiday in Wales
  • Opposition party leaders, including Labour's Jeremy Corbyn, have welcomed the announcement
  • Nicola Sturgeon said Mrs May has made a "huge political miscalculation"
  • The pound rose against the dollar following the news
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PM's top spin doctor resigns after early election call

Theresa May is thought to have given a close ear to her former advisers. Credit: PA

Theresa May's director of communications has surprisingly announced she will resign her position amid the PM's call for an early election.

Katie Perrior, who was appointed to the role as Mrs May took power last July, leaves a team that includes May's influential former special advisers Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy.

Ms Perrior was a surprise appointment as the former iNHouse Communications boss had no background in journalism.

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