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UK Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap election. The programme will be hearing from Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP and the Prime Minister.


The BBC’s Nick Beake is in Hove, where Labour won outside their core area two years ago. Will the referendum result last year provide us with an indication to the voting patterns in this election? Rosie Campbell is professor of politics at Birkbeck University.



The election campaign will give Theresa May a chance to put her own personal stamp on her party through issues such as her flagship programme for more grammar schools for England. What could the manifesto look like? Tim Montgomerie is a columnist and founder of Conservative Home.



What does Labour’s election strategy look like? John McDonnell is the shadow chancellor.



What impact will a snap general election have on the civil service and will it have an impanct on the preparation of Brexit negotiations? Lord O’donnell was Head of the civil service and cabinet secretary between 2005 and 2011



Theresa May has said her final decision was taken during a walking holiday in Snowdonia with husband Philip. So when struggling with a big decision, is the best plan to get away from it all and take a long walk? Julia Bradbury is a TV presenter, most recently of Britain's Best Walks on ITV.



The Liberal Democrats have said a vote for them will help prevent a hard Brexit. Sir Vince Cable is a former Liberal Democrat MP and Business Secretary.



An asteroid as big as the Rock of Gibraltar will streak past Earth at a safe but uncomfortably close distance today. Dubbed 2014-JO25 and roughly 2,000 feet across, the asteroid will come within 1.1 million miles of Earth, less than five times the distance to the Moon. Dr Elizabeth Pearson is an astrophysicist and news editor of the BBC’s sky at night magazine.


After 20 years as the Member of Parliament for Hull West and Hessle the veteran Labour politician Alan Johnson has said he will not stand in the general election. He says it will give the Labour party the best chance of holding onto the seat not just in two months’ time but in subsequent elections as well. Gisela Stuart is a Labour MP who was also the co-chair of the pro-Brexit campaign group, Vote Leave.



Prime Minister Theresa May joins us live in the studio. BBC’s Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg provides analysis on Theresa May’s interview



What will the election bring to Scotland and the SNP’s independence plans? Sarah Smith is the BBC’s Scotland editor and Stephen Gethins is the SNP’s spokesperson on Europe



After his successes as the director of the musical Miss Saigon followed by his time as the Artistic Director of the National Theatre Sir Nicholas Hytner is launching a new career as a commercial impresario. Will Gompertz is the BBC’s arts editor.



How unusual is this snap election? Lord Howard is the former Conservative Party leader and former Home Secretary, Lord Kinnock, former Labour party leader and Baroness Williams, former President of the SDP.




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