PRIME Minister Theresa May will hold a snap general election on June 8.
Under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, introduced under the last coaltion government, the next election was not due until 2020.
However, a poll can be called before then if backed by two thirds of MPs or if there is a no confidence vote in the Government.
Mrs May made the announcment during a speech outside 10 Downing Street this morning (Tuesday) and will table a motion in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
She called on MPs to back the motion.