Lincoln MP Karl McCartney “delighted” at plans for snap general election

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Member of Parliament for Lincoln Karl McCartney has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans for a snap general election on June 8.

In a statement, the MP said “the choice is clear” and praised the PM for her ‘strength of leadership’.

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The surprise announcement was made by the prime minister outside Downing Street on April 18.

Theresa May has repeatedly made clear in the past her desire to not hold a general election before 2020.

However, she claimed that opposition parties in Westminster were putting Brexit at risk of jeopardy.

She said: “We need a general election and we need one now.

“I have only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion but now I have concluded it is the only way to guarantee certainty for the years ahead.”

Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act introduced by her predecessor David Cameron, the PM is unable call an election directly, but she said she would lay down a motion in the House of Commons that would require two thirds of MPs to back it.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that he welcomes the snap election.

MP Karl McCartney said: “I am delighted that the prime minister has shown strong leadership in calling a general election in June this year.

“It gives the people of the city of Lincoln the opportunity to choose a Conservative government that will deliver a successful Brexit, continue with improving the quality of life for everyone in Lincoln and continue with its investment plans for our city and county – just has it has done since I was first elected in 2010.

“The choice is clear – between a Conservative government and member of parliament that wants people, businesses and organisations in the city of Lincoln to succeed, and a Labour party who have repeatedly said they will do all they can to frustrate Brexit and put jobs and livelihoods at risk, both locally and across our country.”

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