Meet the Candidates in Britain's Snap Election

British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Tuesday for an early election on June 8, shoring up support for her Brexit plan.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May walks out of 10 Downing street in London on April 20, 2017.
British Prime Minister Theresa May walks out of 10 Downing street in London on April 20, 2017.Credit: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP

Britain's election on June 8 will see some prominent lawmakers stand down, while others are hoping to return.

Here is a list of some of them.

Stepping down

George Osborne (Conservative, Tatton, 2001-2017)

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne at a news conference in Washington on April 14, 2016.Credit: Jose Luis Magana/AP

Osborne served as Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Conservative Party returned to government in a coalition in 2010. One of former prime minister David Cameron's chief strategists, he was sacked by Prime Minister Theresa May following Cameron's resignation after Britain voted to leave the European Union last year.

Since being fired, Osborne has been criticised for taking on other jobs alongside his duties as a Conservative lawmaker, including editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper and a part-time role at asset manager BlackRock.

In a letter to constituents, Osborne said that he did not "want to spend the rest of my life just being an ex-Chancellor. I want new challenges." He added that he was stepping down as a lawmaker "for now" and said "it's still too early to be writing my memoirs".

Alan Johnson (Labour, Hull West and Hessle, 1997-2017)

Alan Johnson, U.K. home secretary, arrives at number 10 Downing Street in London on July 14, 2009.Credit: BLOOMBERG NEWS

Johnson held a variety of cabinet roles under the leadership of two Labour prime ministers, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He last served as Brown's interior minister from 2009-2010.

A veteran of the trade union movement, Johnson said that after 20 years, he did not want to serve for another five years.

"Every day has been a privilege and a pleasure but it can't go on for ever and the electoral cycle means that each incumbent has to think again about what's best for them, the constituency and the party," he said in a letter to voters.

Andy Burnham (Labour, Leigh, 2001-2017)

Andy Burnham, U.K. health secretary, at a Labor party conference on Sept. 30, 2009.Credit: Bloomberg

A cabinet member under Brown and a former Labour leadership candidate, Burnham had said he would stand for mayor of the northwestern city of Manchester in May, and resign his seat if he won. He has now said he will not stand in Leigh, regardless of the outcome of the mayoral vote.

Douglas Carswell (UKIP/Conservative, Clacton, 2005-2017)

Douglas Carswell, former member of the UKIP and now independent MP in London on April 20, 2017.Credit: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP

Carswell became the anti-EU UK Independence Party's first elected MP when he won a by-election in 2014, having defected from the Conservatives. He has since fallen out with the UKIP leadership, leaving the party this year. He said he will support the Conservative candidate in the election in June. He first represented the Conservatives in Harwich in 2005, before winning Clacton in 2010.

Gisela Stuart (Labour, Birmingham Edgbaston, 1997-2017)

Gisela Stuart (left), Labour MP, speaks at a news conference in London on June 24, 2016.Credit: Via Bloomberg

German-born Stuart was one of the most prominent "Leave" campaigners in the Labour Party. She became an MP in 1997, winning the seat of Edgbaston for the first time in Labour's history. The success in the home constituency of war-time Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was emblematic of the appeal of Blair's 'New Labour' in traditionally Conservative areas. 

Coming back?

Nigel Farage (UKIP, never sat in parliament)

Member of the European Parliament Nigel Farage speaks at CPAC in Maryland on February 24, 2017.Credit: KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

The former leader of UKIP, one of the most prominent 'Leave' campaigners during last year's Brexit referendum, told BBC radio he had not yet decided whether to run again for parliament.

Farage has served as a member of the European Parliament but has never won a seat in Westminster, despite competing in seven separate elections and by-elections.

Vince Cable (Liberal Democrat, Twickenham, 1997-2015)

Vince Cable, U.K. business secretary, at the British Museum in London on April 14, 2015.Credit: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Cable was a key figure as Business Secretary in the coalition government between 2010-2015 as a member of the Liberal Democrats, junior partners to the Conservatives. He lost his seat to the Conservatives in 2015.

"I plan to lead fight back to recapture Twickenham for Lib Dems," he tweeted. "Brexit. Heathrow. School cuts. Social care. Plenty to campaign on." 

Going nowhere? 

Some are standing for re-election again despite suggestions that they might not.

Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat, Sheffield Hallam, 2005-?)

Nick Clegg, MP for the Liberal Democrat Party, at a television interview in London on Feb. 9, 2017.Credit: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Clegg was close to tears when he resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats after a 2015 general election result he described as "immeasurably more crushing and unkind than I could ever have feared". The former deputy prime minister did win in his constituency, however, and has said he will stand again. 

Ken Clarke (Conservative, Rushcliffe, 1970-?)

Britain's Justice Secretary Ken Clarke (C) is confronted by campaigners in London on May 18, 2011.Credit: Reuters

Clarke, 76, is the longest-serving member of the House of Commons, and had suggested he would stand down in 2020 after 50 years in parliament. However, the staunchly pro-Remain candidate is set to run again in June's election.

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