April 18, 2017 / 10:53 AM / 3 months ago

Opposition Labour Party welcomes call for early national election

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FILE PHOTO: The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks in Parliament in Westminster, London Britain, March 23, 2017. Parliament TV/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said he welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to call an early national election on Tuesday, indicating his party will provide the support she needs under electoral law to hold one.

“I welcome the Prime Minister’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first," Corbyn said in an emailed statement.

To call an election, May needs the support of two-thirds of the parliament in a vote due to be held on Wednesday.

Reporting by William James, editing by Estelle Shirbon

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