Why We Need a General Election

18 July 2016

When Gordon Brown succeeded Tony Blair as prime minister in 2007, Theresa May accused him of having “no democratic mandate”, and called for an early general election. Now that she finds herself in the same situation, her view surprisingly seems to have changed.

In fact, the case today for an early general election is much stronger than it was in 2007, given that the manifesto on which the Conservatives were elected last year, contained at its heart a commitment to achieve a budget surplus by 2020. This pledge is now in tatters after the Brexit vote. 

In the wake of David Cameron's resignation, Theresa May was appointed last week as the UK's new Prime Minister after all the other contenders in the Conservative leadership election pulled out of the race. She has now radically changed the Cabinet and abolished the Department of Energy and Climate Change. While she was elected on the same Conservative manifesto as that of David Cameron, it is clear by her actions, and the post-referendum circumstances in which we find ourselves, that her policy priorities will be different from those of her predecessor, and thus her government does not have a mandate from the general public. 

This is why we in Waltham Forest & Redbridge Green Party are calling for an early general election. We are ready to take on the Conservatives and offer a radically different alternative that puts investment in public services and dealing with Climate Change at the heart of our agenda. We call on local MPs to push for a motion in parliament that secures an early general election. Regardless of your political preferences, it is surely not right that a new government with a new agenda can just take over without getting a mandate from the electorate.