EK seat up for grabs?

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Ni­cola Findlay

The MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Les­ma­hagow could be forced to de­fend her seat af­ter the Prime Min­is­ter called for a snap Gen­eral Elec­tion in June.

The SNP’s Dr Lisa Cameron was only elected to West­min­ster in the 2015 poll, tak­ing the seat from Labour’s Michael McCann with a 27 per cent ma­jor­ity.

How­ever, Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May an­nounced out­side Down­ing Street yes­ter­day that she in­tends to call an early elec­tion.

The elec­tion would be held on June 8 and there will be a vote in the House of Com­mons to­day to ap­prove the elec­tion plan.

The Prime Min­is­ter needs two thirds of MPs to vote in favour of hold­ing an elec­tion be­fore the next sched­uled date of 2020.

Mrs May had pre­vi­ously said there would be no snap elec­tion in the wake of Brexit.

How­ever, yes­ter­day she said that “the only way to guar­an­tee cer­tainty and se­cu­rity for years ahead is to hold this elec­tion”.

Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment, the leader of the SNP, First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon, tweeted: “The Tories see a chance to move the UK to the right, force through a hard Brexit and im­pose deeper cuts.

“Let’s stand up for Scot­land”.

Mrs May has ac­cused other po­lit­i­cal par­ties of “game play­ing”; in­clud­ing the SNP.

“If we don’t hold a gen­eral elec­tion now, their po­lit­i­cal game-play­ing will con­tinue and the ne­go­ti­a­tions with the EU will reach their most dif­fi­cult stage in the run up to the next sched­uled elec­tion,” the Prime Min­is­ter added.

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