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Local politicians react to Theresa May's snap general election announcement

The prime minister said she had "only recently and reluctantly" come to the decision.

It comes less than a month after Downing Street said an early election was "not going to happen".

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Former Carlisle MP believes Labour could regain control of city

Former Carlisle MP Eric Martlew tells ITV Border's Hannah McNulty he believes Labour could regain control of the city Credit: ITV Border

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."

– Eric Martlew, Former Carlisle MP

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