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Havering MPs divided over general election announcement

PUBLISHED: 16:29 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:31 18 April 2017

Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas         Picture: PA/Jane Mingay

Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas Picture: PA/Jane Mingay

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The borough’s MPs are as divided in their response to Theresa May’s snap general election announcement as the infighting alluded to in her speech this morning.

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street, London, announcing a snap general election on June 8. Photo: John Stillwell/PA WirePrime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street, London, announcing a snap general election on June 8. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Mrs May said an election was in the country’s best interest following last year’s vote to leave the European Union.

Justifying the decision, the prime minister said the country was coming together but Westminster was not.

Her decision was met with criticism from Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas.

“All I see is policy chaos and an angry electorate,” he said.

“She says this is an election about Brexit but until now has said she cannot tell us her plans for Brexit as this would give away her negotiating strategy.”

But the move was supported by the Romford Labour party and the Conservative’s Romford MP Andrew Rosindell who praised Mrs May.

Andrew Rosindell MP celebrating with supporters the imminent triggering of Article 50 outside of Margaret Thatcher HouseAndrew Rosindell MP celebrating with supporters the imminent triggering of Article 50 outside of Margaret Thatcher House

“I think the prime minster has made the right decision to grant the British people the opportunity to elect a new parliament and government,” he said.

“The prime minster needs a clear and strong mandate from the British people to get on with the job of Brexit and put Britain first.”

Hornchurch and Upminster MP Dame Angela Watkinson is also said to support the move.

A spokeswoman said: “She thinks it is the right thing for the prime minster to do to validate her position.”

In her speech, Mrs May said the Lib Dems wanted to “grind” the business of government to a standstill, the Scottish National Party would vote against negotiations and Labour had threatened to vote against the final Brexit agreement.

The prime minister will now ask the House of Commons if she can call a general election and will need a two third majority to override the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party would vote for the election and would provide an effective alternative to govern the country.

He said: “In the last couple of weeks, Labour has set out policies that offer a clear and credible choice for the country. We look forward to showing how Labour will stand up for the people of Britain.”

Mr Rosindell added: “By electing Conservative MPs they [voters] can ensure the best interests of the country.”

Keith Prince, Conservative London Assembly member for Havering and Redbridge, added: “This ballot can only strengthen Theresa May’s position as she enters important negotiations over the terms of Brexit in the coming months.

“Havering was clear in its vote to leave the EU and this election provides an opportunity for further clarity over the terms on which that is actioned.”


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