At 11:15 on the 18th of March 2017, Theresa May went to the press outside No. 10 Downing Street and called for a General Election. The Fixed Term Parliament Act means that, unless she chooses to call a vote of no confidence in the government, 2/3 of the Commons has to vote to call for a snap election. It can effectivley be assumed this will be voted through and so on the 8th of June, this country, for the 3rd year in a row, will go nationally to the polls to decide the outcome of our Country.
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Currently the MP for Guildford is Conservative Anne Milton who first took the seat in 2005 by 347 votes from the Liberal Democrat’s Sue Doughty. In 2010 the Conservatives saw off the competition with a strong 53.3% of the vote and in 2015 increases this by 3.8% points. This could be an interesting battle in Guildford, however, as Guildford voted Remain in the EU Referendum and the Conservatives are planning on taking the UK out of the European Union while the Liberal Democrats are opposing it. Although, currently, the Liberal Democrats are polling on 5-10%, in many council by-elections, as well as recent parliamentary by-elections, they seem to be doing better than this and a strong swing in a Remain Constituency could prove fatal for the Deputy Chief Whip Anne Milton.
Susan Parker (Guildford Greenbelt Group Chair & Borough Councillor for Send) said this when asked about the snap General Election.
It gives voters a chance to give their views on the Brexit plans with a slightly more informed viewpoint, not just based on spin https://t.co/zsq9TPw4nK
— Susan Parker (@SParkerGGG) April 18, 2017
Additionally, the Guildford Greenbelt Group does not plan to field a candidate for the 2017 General Election. In the last election they took 538 votes (1%). Who these votes will go to in this election is anyone’s guess however it seems logical that, if the Green Party stand, some of these votes may add to their 4.7% vote share from 2015. Maybe even enough to return their deposit.
Zoe Franklin has confirmed she will be standing here. No other parties have commented so far. It is noted, however, it has been reported Labour may not be standing in SW Surrey against Party HQ as part of a Progressive Alliance formed by Compass.
— Zöe Franklin (@ZoeFranklinLD) April 20, 2017
*Updates to follow*