UK/2017 General Election

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Event.png UK/2017 General Election
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#GE2017:'June marks end of May'
Date 2017/06/08
Type election
Description UK parliamentary elections

On 18 April 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that there would be a United Kingdom General Election on 8 June 2017.[1]

Labour's effective alternative

Jeremy Corbyn welcomed the announcement:

"I welcome the Prime Minister's decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first.[2]
"Labour will be offering the country an effective alternative to a government that has failed to rebuild the economy, delivered falling living standards and damaging cuts to our schools and NHS."[3]

On 16 May 2017, Jeremy Corbyn published the Labour Party manifesto entitled "FOR THE MANY – NOT THE FEW" at a rally in Bradford.[4]

Green electoral pact

On 19 April 2017, Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley, co-leaders of the Green Party, wrote to to Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron to urge some form of electoral pact in the upcoming general election, saying this was the only way to “stop the Tories from wrecking our country for generations to come”. They told their Labour and Liberal Democrat counterparts that cooperating could be the route to seeing off an “extreme” form of Brexit and to help deliver a fairer voting system.[5]

Theresa May: "lunch snatcher"

Launching her manifesto in Halifax on 18 May 2017, Theresa May promised a free school breakfast (between 8 and 9 o'clock) for all primary school children (cost £60 million), whilst withdrawing free school meals at lunchtime for infants aged between 5 and 7 years (cost £650 million).[6]

Theresa May's plan to take away free hot lunches for schoolchildren was labelled a "disgrace" by TV chef Jamie Oliver, who said:

"It puts our future generations at huge risk by ignoring the proven benefits of a decent lunch."[7]


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  1. "Theresa May calls UK general election on 8 June"
  2. "#GE2017: 'June marks end of May'"
  3. "Jeremy Corbyn welcomes General Election decision"
  5. "Greens call for electoral pact with Labour and Lib Dems to defeat Tories"
  6. "Theresa May is right to take school meals off primary school pupils – it's their fault we're in this financial situation anyway"
  7. "Jamie Oliver calls Theresa May's plan to scrap free school lunches a 'disgrace'"