Toby Perkins "May is putting her party first by calling a general election"

Chesterfield's Labour MP Toby Perkins believes that the Prime Minister is putting her parties best interests ahead of the countries by calling a snap general election.

The PM announced yesterday that the country will go to the polls on June the 8th but she'd previously ruled out a snap election.

Perkins told Peak FM "I have to say the Prime Minister having been at pains over the last six months to say she was going to put the country first and that the country didn't need the distraction of another general election has put her party first. At a time when the NHS is in crisis, school funding is on a cliff edge and at a time when we need some real leadership I think it shows her in a pretty bad light."

"Theresa May said just a few weeks ago the country did not need the distraction of a general election it needed the government to focus on Brexit and it's hard to see what's changed in such a short space of time. 

"The Brexit vote went through and the government have gone away to start negotiating. Many of us believed they were making promises they couldn't keep and that ultimately they would have failed. What she is seeking with this election is a cushion to prevent her from having to face the fall of failure and the consequences."

The Prime Minister has said she wants a fresh mandate to strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations following the vote to leave the European Union.


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