September 30, 2018 / 8:22 AM / 7 months ago

Conservative Chairman Lewis says working for election in 2022

FILE PHOTO: Brandon Lewis, Home Office Minister, leaves 10 Downing Street after a cabinet meeting, in central London, Britain June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Britain’s governing Conservatives are working towards a national election in 2022, the party’s chairman Brandon Lewis said on Sunday, saying he hoped Prime Minister Theresa May would lead the party into that vote.

Local media have reported May, under pressure over Brexit, could be considering calling an early election. May has said it would not be in the national interest.

“The next general election is 2022,” Lewis told Sky News. Asked if May would lead the Conservatives into that election, he said: “I hope she will and I think she will.”

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and Elizabeth Piper

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