A snap general election has been called, set to take place on 8 June 2017.
Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011, the next election had been set for 7 May 2020. However, the prime minister, Theresa May, called for an early election and in a House of Commons vote, achieved the necessary two-thirds majority to allow this.
In her statement outside Number 10, Mrs May focused her explanation for the early election on Brexit, stating that “the country is coming together but Westminster is not”. The Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, supported the move as giving “the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first”. The Liberal Democrats also supported the motion, while the SNP abstained.
NHS Providers will be seeking to engage with the main political parties in the run up to polling day, as well as supporting our members in their local conversations with candidates. We will brief members on the main parties’ manifestos, and the key outcomes and appointments after the election.