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>> Britain's opposition Labour Party faces an uphill struggle after Prime Minister Theresa May announces an early election. I'm UK political correspondent, Calli McQuillen in Westminster, where MPs have been reacting to the surprise news.>> I welcome the opportunity for us.>> Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has welcomed the announcement of an early election, saying his party will provide an alternative to Theresa May's government.
That is slightly surprising in some ways in that his party are more than 20 points behind in the polls. And his own personal ratings are dwarfed by Theresa May. A poll last week that her personal rating's up 50% and his only just 14. Labour has been on election fitting for quite a while.
Prime Minister Theresa May took over last summer after referendum without an election. So there's been continuous rumor that there could be an early vote. Labour has been announcing quite a lot of policies over the last couple of weeks, and that garnering support for the party. So they're certainly ready.
But early bid makers all suggest Theresa May's conservatives would win again, or win a larger majority than they have at the moment. The liberal Democrats who were almost wiped out at the last election have said that this will be a chance for people to vote against May's plan for what they call a hard Brexit.
>> They said they've already had 1,000 new members this morning since May's announcement. So they're feeling pretty confident of gaining seats. Before the election can take place, the government needs to overturn the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, which currently means that an election can't be held until 2020.
So Theresa May has said she will introduce legislation to Parliament on Wednesday and MPs will vote. She needs a 2,000 majority. And with Labour saying they welcome the election, that is likely possible, isn't it?