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These 13 MPs Voted Against Holding A Snap General Election On June 8

19/04/2017 15:12 BST | Updated 19/04/2017 15:28 BST

MPs this afternoon voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing Theresa May to hold a snap general election on June 8.

While 522 MPs decided to allow the prime minister to go to the country - 13 voted against.

Ronnie Campbell (Lab, Blythe Vally)
Dennis Skinner (Lab, Bolsover)
Ann Clwyd (Lab, Cynon Valley)
Paul Farrelly (Lab, Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Jim Fitzpatrick (Lab, Poplar and Limehouse)
Lady Hermon (Independent, North Down)
Clive Lewis (Lab, Norwich South)
Fiona Mactaggart (Lab, Slough)
Liz McInnes (Lab, Heywood and Middleton)
Alasdair McDonnell (SDLP, Belfast South)
Graham Stringer ( Lab, Blackey and Broughton)
Natalie McGarry (Independent, Glasgow East)
Michelle Thomson (Independent, Edinburgh West)

Ann Clwyd said she had voted against an election because it was a “cynical distraction” by May.

The majority of Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem MPs voted in favour of an early election. SNP MPs abstained.

The prime minister shocked Westminster on Tuesday with the surprise announcement that she would seek an early election.

Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act passed by the coalition government, May had to win the backing two thirds of MPs to bring the date of the 2020 election forward to this year.