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General election: Labour MPs will not require re-selection
January 17 2018, 11:44 | Irvin Gilbert
Party leaders have unveiled some of their general election arguments at prime minister's questions, with Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National party mocking Theresa May for ducking out of TV debates and May lambasting Jeremy Corbyn as unfit for office.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Tories "see a chance to move the United Kingdom to the right, force through a Hard Brexit and impose deeper cuts" and added, "let's stand up for Scotland".
Conservatives said May would turn down any invitation to take part in live studio showdowns with fellow party leaders in spite of the Tories having double-digit leads in the polls.
"I think we owe it to them, as well as we owe it to ourselves, to vote in the election and make the choice that we want".
But Mr Corbyn told MPs Mrs May could not be trusted, after u-turning on her promise not to call an early election and accused her of running scared of TV debates during the campaign.
According to the latest YouGov poll, May was favored to make the best prime minister with 50 percent, behind Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with 14 percent and 36 percent said that did not know.
As questions over the goal of the purple party post-Brexit grow louder, it has an opportunity to make up some of the ground it lost four years ago, though the Liberal Democrats - which gained 1,000 new members within an hour of Mrs May's announcement - will also be targeting that opposition role.
And Tom Blenkinsop, who has been MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland since 2010, said he would not be standing for re-election, citing "irreconcilable differences" with the party's leadership.
"I don't think it will be the final nail in the coffin".
Theresa May announced a snap election on Monday, if she gets backing from MPs, this will take place on the 8 June.
The Prime Minister's motion for an early general election is widely expected to pass in the Commons today.
While Mrs May reaffirmed her commitment to give Parliament a vote on any deal with the European Union she flatly ruled out a second referendum.
"Under David's leadership the government stabilised the economy, reduced the budget defict and helped more people into work than every before".
But if we run various polling numbers through the Electoral Calculus prediction model, things don't look good for Labour.
Mr Corbyn declined to answer a reporter when asked whether he would still be leader on June 9 if Labour lost the election.
The most recent survey by Comres has Labour on 25 per cent but the Tories on 46, maintaining their 21-point lead.
"We know Jeremy Corbyn is "absolutely fine" with the SNP's demand for an immediate second referendum". The party has placed its opposition to Brexit at the forefront of its campaign and is looking to target Remain voters across the country.
"There is therefore a real danger of Mr Corbyn and Ms Sturgeon cooking up a deal to suit both their purposes".