Election 2017: How will the campaign work in East Anglian battles?
PUBLISHED: 11:14 23 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:25 24 April 2017
The calling of a snap general election caught many political strategists by surprise – and the fact that parliament had to approve the election has meant there is a longer “phoney war” than usual.
In previous elections parliament has been dissolved almost as soon as the poll is called. This time there will be a two-week lag while vital legislation is pushed through. It means there are still MPs until May 3, after which time everyone becomes simply a candidate.
Labour is planning to select all its candidates for seats except where there are sitting MPs hoping to return next weekend and should have candidates in all seats by May 2.
The candidates will be selected by the party’s Regional Boards and National Executive Committee – local parties will have no say in who is selected.
Other parties have already started selecting candidates. Nominations close on Thursday, May 11.