UK set for General Election in December

The UK is gearing up for a general election.

Wednesday, 30th October 2019, 9:28 am
Prime Minister Boris Johnson pictured during a visit to Halifax's Piece Hall

Voters look set to be heading to the polls on December 12 in one of the most uncertain general elections for many decades.

The election comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to deliver Brexit by tomorrow’s self-imposed deadline.

In total, 438 MPs voted for the Bill, with 20 voting against - including Huddersfield Labour MP Barry Sheerman, who called the election "sheer madness".

Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spenborough, said: “Batley and Spen is my home town and it’s been a privilege to have been your MP for the last three years.

“This election is a chance to look to a brighter future for our community.

“With a bold and exciting manifesto, I’m looking forward to meeting as many people as possible in the weeks ahead.”

Currently the Conservative party does not have enough MPs to easily pass new laws.

PM Johnson is now hoping an early election will increase the number of Conservative MPs to make processes easier and continue his plans for Brexit, which has been pushed back again to January 31 next year.

The December 12 election will be the third in three years and the first to be held in December since 1923.