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LET BATTLE BEGIN! Britain heads to the polls on June 8 as MPs back Theresa May’s election

Mrs May called for an early election in order to secure a mandate for her Brexit plans and, she said, to boost Britain’s negotiating hand in upcoming EU exit talks.

She will be hoping to exploit Labour’s unpopularity under Jeremy Corbyn by winning an bigger majority in order to help push through her proposed Brexit legislation.

Those voting against an early election today included Labour MPs Clive Lewis, Dennis Skinner, Liz McInnes, Ronnie Campbell, Ann Clwyd, Paul Farrelly, Jim Fitzpatrick, Fiona Mactaggart and Graham Stringer.

This is despite Mr Corbyn insisting Labour welcomed an election before 2020.

Mr Lewis, MP for Norwich South, has been touted as a future Labour leader to replace Mr Corbyn.

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