MPs are voting this afternoon on whether to back Theresa May's demand for a snap general election.
Parties across Cumbria and the south of Scotland will begin selecting their candidates to fight the election on 8 June.
Former Carlisle MP Eric Martlew believes Labour could regain control of the city from the Conservatives but thinks the party should've pushed for the date of the vote to be delayed.
If I have a criticism of what has gone on this week, the labour party have just said yes we're going to have a general election. If I had been there I'd say we'll have a general election but not on the 8th June we'll have it all a fortnight later and give us all time to get ready for it. They should've been bargaining on this you can't refuse to have a general election because it makes you look frightened."
The eight MPs in Cumbria and the south of Scotland have confirmed to ITV Border that they hope to stand for re-election in June.
With a second General Election in just over two years looming, find out which MPs in Cumbria and the south of Scotland hope to stand again.
Copeland MP Trudy Harrison has welcomed the call for a General Election less than two months after she was elected to parliament.