Theresa May has hit the campaign trail tonight in Bolton and urged voters to give her a 'mandate to fight for Britain'.
The Prime Minister made her first stump speech of the seven week campaign just hours after the House of Commons overwhelmingly endorsed June 08,2017 as polling day.
She said Britain needed 'stable and secure leadership' and warned electing Jeremy Corbyn would open the door to a 'coalition of chaos'.
Mrs May's first appearance in Bolton is a clear sign of her intent to raid Brexit heartlands held by Labour. Bolton North East is held by Labour with a majority of around 4,000 votes - potentially vulnerable given the Tory's commanding lead.