Theresa May announced her intention to hold a General Election on 8th June. Unlike the days before the Coalition Government, the Fixed Term Parliament Act 2011 means that the Prime Minister no longer has the authority to call a General Election simply by asking the Queen to dissolve Parliament.
Instead, Mrs May must go to the House and secure a 2/3 majority in favour of ignoring fixed terms and calling a General Election. Already, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP have all said they will back a fresh election and one would assume that the PM would not have made such an announcement without getting her ducks in a row with her own MPs.
In terms of impacts on development, the first thing to consider is how this morning’s announcement has upped the ante with the County Council on 4th May, giving a much more national edge to campaigning and very possibly driving up turnout as election fever grips media coverage. There is already speculation that the inaugural Metro Mayoral elections in areas such as the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire and Manchester, will be postponed from May to June.
Secondly, there will be seats which will now be key battlegrounds, in particular between the Conservatives and the Lib Dems. Internal polling from the Conservatives recently showed that the Tories would lose most of the 27 seats it gained in 2015, including seats in Hampshire, London and the West Country. Doubtless that amongst the clashes over hard or soft Brexit, development will be a key battleground for candidates.
Despite this, it would look likely that on 9th June we will be waking up to a much more convincing Conservative majority and a much reduced Labour Parliamentary Party.
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