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Martin here with Wednesday's top stories.

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Members of Parliament will vote later today

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on whether to have a general election - that's where adults vote

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It's after Prime Minister Theresa May made the surprise announcement

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I have said that there should be no election until 2020.

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But now I have concluded that the only way to guarantee

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certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold

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this election and seek your support for the decisions I must take.

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So it's a big day for the whole UK but it starts in London

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Yes, I'm at Downing Street in Westminster in London.

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Behind that door is where the Prime Minister

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Later, she will go around the corner to to the Houses of Parliament

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where all the MPs will vote on whether or not to give

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the Prime Minister her wish and to have that big vote -

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These big votes are supposed to take place every five years

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so it was a big surprise to hear Mrs May say she wants one.

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Here's our political expert Adam Fleming.

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This came as a total surprise to people who watch politics.

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Imagine the most surprising thing that's ever happened

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to you and multiply it by about 100 and that is why there are so many

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journalists from across the UK and around the world reporting

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Theresa May says that she wants there to be a general

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So in about six or seven weeks' time.

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Although she can't just say it, she has got to get Parliament

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This is all about Brexit, which is that process of taking

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the UK out of the club of 27 other European countries called the EU.

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Theresa May is about to start negotiating with lots of other

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prime ministers and presidents from around Europe.

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She reckons that by having an election year, she could get more

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She reckons that by having an election here, she could get more

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MPs who are on her side and that will make her job a bit easier.

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What happens next is weeks of debates, arguments, leaflets,

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adverts and fights about all sorts of things like the police,

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the economy, Scotland, health and what happens

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It is going to be fascinating to watch.

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Members of Parliament are likely to vote later to allow this

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It'll take place on 8th of June - so what happens

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Well, the UK is divided into 650 areas called constituencies.

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Each area has a Member of Parliament, or an MP,

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All of them get a seat here, in the Houses of Parliament.

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In a general election, adults 18 and over get the chance

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to vote for who should be the MP in their area.

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On election day, people go to polling stations to vote.

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They get a ballot paper with names of all the candidates,

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They put a cross next to the person they most want to represent them.

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The candidate who gets the most votes becomes MP.

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Most MPs are part of groups called political parties.

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Usually the political party that gets the most MPs out of the 650

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forms the new government, which runs the country.

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And that party's leader becomes the Prime Minister and moves

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So it's a very busy time for politicians and for voters.

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We've got 49 days to wait before the election happens and there'll be

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a lot of talking and arguing between now and then as each

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side explains why adults should vote for them.

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The leader of the winning party will be back in

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Thanks, Ayshah, and you can go online to find out more on this

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story including exactly what happens during a general election.

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Now, sadly it was the end of Leicester City's adventure

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Saul Nigez scored first for Atletico Madrid but then

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Jamie Vardy scored in the second half to give Leicester a chance

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As these matches are decided over two games, Atletico got

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through because they won the first match 1-0 meaing the final result

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We are disappointed. But the football club can be proud of how we

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have conducted ourselves and how we have gone about it. They should want

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more of this because ultimately all players want to play at the highest

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level and the Champions League is the highest level. But we have to

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get back to winning ways in the Premier League now. Unlucky for

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Leicester. Good run. And a massive asteroid will zoom

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past Planet Earth today. NASA say it will get

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very close to the Earth, but it won't make any impact

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as it'll still be about I'll be back at 4:20pm

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with your afternoon Newsround. Have you been watching Secret Life

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of Boys?

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