The election is on. Prepare for seven weeks of solid Corbyn-bashing

Theresa May warned that Jeremy Corbyn is "simply not fit to lead" today as MPs prepared to sign off on holding a snap election.

It will also, she hopes, mean that Labour will be much reduced, as the polls suggest Jeremy Corbyn's party will be.

Tomorrow he'll make his first big election speech, his first big chance to recast that argument.

Labour MP Gisela Stuart has predicted her party will lose the 2017 general election.

Jeremy Corbyn's embattled Labour party has yet to heal its internal divides.

The party faced an open challenge to Mr Corbyn's authority from prominent critic John Woodcock, who said he was hoping to stand as Labour candidate for Barrow and Furness but would not endorse its leader for prime minister.

"The Labour Party is then going to have to identify a new leader of the opposition who has real credibility and can rebuild the traditional bases of support, which is going to be a big task".

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And at PMQs in the Commons, he told her: "She says it's about leadership, yet is refusing to defend her record in television debates and it's not hard to see why". But we immediately put together a long list of plans for the next six weeks to get the message out there: a message of a decent, more equal society for everyone.

"That's what I have always believed in, it's what I still believe and I still do it - as Prime Minister, as a constituency MP, I still go out and knock on doors in my constituency".

"A stronger economy, an economy with the deficit almost two-thirds down, with 30 million people with a tax cut, four million people taken out of income tax altogether, record levels of employment and £1,250 more a year for pensioners". To not do so would be a betrayal of all those he claims to want to protect, those who need a strong Labour party to hold the Tories' feet to the fire and ultimately have a fighting chance of making it into government itself.

"But she wasn't honest in what she portrayed the political situation in the country to be". Explaining her change of heart for an early election, May said: "I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election".

The bold move took even Cabinet members by surprise, having been kept a closely guarded secret between a handful of the premier's closest allies and aides.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd are understood to have been told yesterday morning shortly before the gathering of her top team in No10. The party holds out little hope of regaining numerous seats it lost in Scotland and it faces pressure from the Liberal Democrats and Ukip as well as the Conservatives in England and Wales.

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