Jeremy Corbyn has welcomed Theresa May's call for an early General Election

 
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Corbyn said he "welcomed" the decision to seek a vote in June. (Source: Getty)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has come out in favour of a General Election in June, welcoming today's shock announcement from Prime Minister Theresa May.

May revealed earlier this morning that she would tomorrow ask MPs to back a plan for a vote on 8 June.

However, Corbyn's support is important, because May will need two-thirds of MPs to back her motion for an early election in the House of Commons: May's Conservatives number 330, but 433 members will need to support it.

In a statement, Corbyn said: "I welcome the Prime Minister's decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put hte interests of the majority first."

Labour has been suffering historic polling lows in the build-up to May's announcement today, and one MP has already announced that he will give up his seat in June's vote.

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