Britain’s political parties are in a race against time to get candidates in place for the snap election. They had been working on the assumption that there would not be an election until May 2020, but now have just three weeks to put names forward.
Any British, Irish or eligible Commonwealth citizen over the age of 18 – who meets the qualification criteria – can stand, provided they can scrape together a £500 deposit. The deadline for submitting an application is Wednesday, 11 May.
Here is how the parties’ efforts are going:
Labour has said all its current MPs will be automatically re-selected – they had until 17:00 BST on Thursday, April 20, to say whether they wanted to stand again or not.
The party will advertise any vacancies created by retirements on their website, but the deadline for applications is Sunday, 23 April.
General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn vows to ‘overturn the rigged system’
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to “overturn the rigged system” by putting power and wealth back in the hands of “the people”.
In his first major general election speech, he said 8 June’s poll was not a “foregone conclusion” and Labour could defy the “Establishment experts”.
He also said Labour would not back a second EU referendum.
Video: Political Editor James Reed at Labour’s election campaign event in Morley
POLITICAL EDITOR James Reed was at Labour’s first rally of the 2017 General Election in Yorkshire today.
Labour chose to hold the event in Morley, the constituency where the Conservatives secured a surprise victory in 2015 unseating then shadow chancellor Ed Balls.
Voter registration deadline for 2017 General Election is May 22
Nigel Farage won’t stand as an MP
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he will not be standing in the General Election on 8 June.
The MEP told the Daily Telegraph he could have had an “easy win” in the former UKIP seat of Clacton but had decided to “fight for Brexit in Europe” instead.
Earlier he said he had not yet decided whether to put himself forward.
He also said current leader Paul Nuttall had “six weeks to prove himself” in the party’s top job.