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Election 2017: Redbridge voters agree with prime minister as MPs back plans for June 8 vote

PUBLISHED: 17:26 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:26 19 April 2017

Tellers approach the speaker to announce the result of a vote by MPs in the House of Commons as they cleared the way for a general election on June 8. Picture: PA Wire/PA Images.

Tellers approach the speaker to announce the result of a vote by MPs in the House of Commons as they cleared the way for a general election on June 8. Picture: PA Wire/PA Images.

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The snap election announced by Theresa May yesterday, has been approved by MPs.

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street, London, announcing a snap general election on June 8. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire Prime 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 was backed by the House of Commons by a margin of 522 votes to 13, above the two-thirds majority needed and was supported by Labour and the Lib Dems.

In her speech outside Downing Street yesterday, the prime minster said an election was in the country’s best interest following last year’s vote to leave the European Union.

She said: “I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election.”

A Recorder poll showed members of the Redbridge community who voted, also backed the move.

Out of 68 voters, 67 per cent agreed with Mrs May to hold a snap general election, 25pc disagreed and 10pc were unsure.

On Facebook, Muslimah Aneesah said: “Now is the time for the people of the UK to stand up and use our vote.”

Forty-two per cent said they would vote Conservative, 40pc Labour, 2pc Liberal Democrats, 4pc Ukip and 12pc were unsure.

But 80pc said they would be vote the same as they did in the previous election.

Teenagers may be disappointed to learn 65pc of voters felt 16-year-olds should not be given the right to vote as opposed to 33pc who felt they should.

Justifying the decision to call the election, Mrs May said: “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.”

She blamed the Lib Dems, for wanting to “grind” the business of government to a standstill, the SNP for threatening to vote against negotiations and Labour’s threat to vote against the final Brexit agreement.

Fifty-eight per cent of voters agreed that opposition parties were doing more harm than good, and 68pc said the election would provide more stability.

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