Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn launches election campaign with extraordinary "rigged systems" rant

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn launches election campaign with extraordinary

UK Prime Minister Theresa May's call for an early general election was a display of "cheap opportunism" to defeat the Labour Party and win an absolute majority for her government, says a British academic.

"A general election is the best way to strengthen Britain's hand in the negotiations ahead", May told lawmakers at the outset of a 90-minute debate.

Labour's embattled Corbyn, meanwhile, faces speculation that a dismal performance in the election would spell the end of his time at the helm of the fractured 117-year-old party.

The British Prime Minister accused the opposition parties of stopping Britain from moving forward and frustrating Brexit negotiations.

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Thursday he would defeat a "cosy cartel" at the heart of British politics, casting himself as the anti-establishment challenger in a snap election called by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Opinion polls suggest Labour will lose heavily in the snap election on June the 8th.But Corbyn called on voters to surprise the world once again.

May ruled out participating in televised debates with other leaders.

Praising MPs for backing her during a stump speech in the north-west of England, the PM said: "It's great to be here in Bolton, fresh from the House of Commons, fresh from winning a vote in the House of Commons, which has approved my decision to hold a general election on June 8".

Responding to the news, Health Secretary Mr Hunt (right) said: "We need to give the Prime Minister the strongest possible negotiating mandate in the important discussions ahead as we leave the EU".

The Conservatives won that in 2015 under David Cameron, who resigned after last June's shock Brexit referendum result.

According to the Times she will offer a "regulatory compromise" in how the number of overseas students in the United Kingdom is calculated so she can get the Higher Education and Research Bill through the Commons before the election, amid the threat of a backbench rebellion on the issue.

May, Britain's second female prime minister, who took over last summer following her predecessor David Cameron's failure to convince voters to back the European Union, also appears to have won strong popular support for her handling of the political natural disaster unleashed by Brexit. She has a slim majority in Parliament, a potential problem if negotiations with the European Union become contentious and opponents threaten to obstruct some of the domestic legislation she needs to pass. This election is a chance for them to change direction of the country.

Mrs May said she had made clear to European Council president Donald Tusk that she wants an early agreement on the status of EU nationals living in the UK.

Analysis of polling data conducted by The Times newspaper showed May could win a landslide majority of 114 seats, up from 12 last time around.