At 11.15am this morning, Prime Minister Theresa May made a surprise announcement. She plans to hold a general election on 8th June this year.
The impact on this in relation to children’s rights could be concerning. Her welfare cuts are already set to plunge more than one million children into poverty, and with wider powers both nationally and in relation to Brexit negotiations should her party win, she could implement more policies set to hit the most vulnerable.
The general election is a strategic move. Whilst May insists she made the decision to hold a vote in June “recently and reluctantly” this is not the case. May and her cabinet would have discussed this option as soon as she entered office in order to strengthen the party’s credibility and ensure they could enjoy the benefits of a Conservative Prime Minister in full. With party politics at an all time low and Labour barely able to mount an opposition, Conservatives believe they are striking whilst the iron is hot.
But the move doesn’t come without its risks. Pro EU voters will see this as a call to arms, a chance to undo Brexit plans. There may well be a stronger turnout this June than for the Referendum in June of last year, and perhaps another surprise for May.
We will have to wait and see.