General Election: MPs react to 12th December election

29 October 2019, 22:11

MPs have voted to have a general election on 12th December
MPs have voted to have a general election on 12th December. Picture: PA

By Maddie Goodfellow

MPs have voted in favour of Boris Johnson's snap general election after last-minute backing from the Labour Party.

483 MPs voted in favour of the election, with just 20 voting against it.

The vote means parliament will be dissolved on November 6, with an election taking place just over a month later.

After the vote, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "This election is a once-in-a-generation chance to transform our country and take on the vested interests holding people back."

The choice at this election could not be clearer. A Labour government will be on your side, while Boris Johnson's Conservatives - who think they're born to rule - will only look after the privileged few.

"We will now launch the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change that our country has ever seen.

"This is our chance to build a country for the many not the few and fit for the next generation."

Responding to the vote, leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said: "This general election will decide the future of our country for generations. It is our best chance to elect a Government to stop Brexit.

"The Liberal Democrats are the strongest party of Remain and will be standing on a manifesto to stop Brexit by revoking Article 50.

"This country deserves better than Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, and I am excited to take our positive, pro-European, liberal vision to the country as the Liberal Democrat candidate for prime minister."

SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon said the SNP will launch their General Election campaign to "stop Brexit and demand Scotland’s right to choose independence."

Conservative MPs took to Twitter to praise the Prime Minister and announce their decisions to run for office again.

Labour MPs also showed their wish for an election on Twitter and criticise the current Conservative government.

Owen Smith, Labour MP for Pontypridd, announced that he will not be running in December shortly after the General Election was announced.