This is the phoney war. Parliament's still sitting. Manifestos are being hurriedly written. And there is a mad scramble to select candidates.
Mark Wallace from Conservative Home reports a "revolt" by Tories in Aldershot. He claims they want MEP Dan Hannan to replace Sir Gerald Howarth who's retiring. But Mr Hannan isn't on the shortlist of three Tory Central Office say Aldershot must choose from.
In Oxford East, Labour's only safe seat in our region, there's growing speculation MEP Anneliese Dodds will be the candidate to replace Andrew Smith.
Meanwhile there is much talk of tactical voting and unofficial pacts. UKIP say they won't stand against pro-Brexit Conservative Conor Burns in Bournemouth West. And senior Lib Dem Sir Vince Cable says Lib Dems in Brighton Pavilion should support the Green co-leader Caroline Lucas who he says is "a good progressive".
The Lib Dems have broken with tradition and announced they'll stand against the Commons Speaker, John Bercow, in Buckingham. Traditionally the main parties don't put candidates up against the Speaker. The Lib Dems have selected Sarah Lowes from Berkshire to oppose Mr Bercow.
The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been on the campaign trail in Swindon today. The town has two MPS - both Conservatives. But he told a group of supporters that Labour can win there, against the odds. Our political Correspondent Phil Hornby reports. Item contains flash photography.
Our Political Correspondent Phil Hornby reports on why he thinks the South East MEP has decided not to run in the 2017 election.Read the full story ›
The former Labour MP for Medway, and friend of Jeremy Corbyn has defected to the Liberal Democrats. Bob Marshall-Andrews who represented the Medway seat from 1997-2010 said Labour had the answers to the problems of the 20th century, but did not address those of the 21st.
He told ITV Meridian he was leaving his old party with a heavy heart.
As surprises, go this was one of the best-kept. When Theresa May announced this week, there'd be a General Election in June, no-one was expecting it.
The Commons backed the decision to hold a snap election by 522 votes to 13, formally firing the starting pistol on the election campaign. The Prime Minister urged MPs to "put our fate in the hands of the people"
In the south and south east, what will the people decide? After your votes:-
- Kelly-Marie Blundell, the Lib Dem candidate in Lewes
- Henry Bolton, from UKIP in Kent
- Charlie Elphicke MP, the Conservative member in Dover, and
- Solomon Curtis, from Labour in Sussex
And we also hear from Caroline Lucas, Brighton Pavilion's MP and the co-leader of the Green Party.
Our political correspondent Phil Hornby has been looking at Westminster's reaction to the Prime Minister's call for a General Election:
The view from the West of the ITV Meridian region including the Thames Valley begins with a look at the Prime Minister Theresa May on the campaign trail year ago in Maidenhead in Berkshire.
The view from the eastern part of the ITV Meridian area starts with an interview from Tom Tugendhat, the MP for Tonbridge & Malling.
Theresa May's decision to call an early election has taken people living in her constituency by surprise.
The Prime Minister has been an MP in Maidenhead for 20 years, but even those working in her constituency office weren't warned about the plans.
She made the shock announcement outside the steps of No. 10 after returning from a walking holiday in Wales with her husband.
Political experts say the calling of a snap election is a shrewd decision by Mrs May, who could capitalise on the current weakness of rival parties.
- Watch Sam Holder reporting from Maidenhead
The Medway Towns return three Members of Parliament to Westminster. We take a look at the chances of Labour retaking the area, the party controlled all three seats for a period of thirteen years in recent history. Our correspondent Derek Johnson reports.
Hove in Sussex was the one bright spot for Labour in 2015. There, Peter Kyle was elected. But with a majority of little more than a thousand, it is all to play for once again. John Ryall has our report.
Here is the full transcript of Robert Peston's exclusive interview with the prime minister after she called for an early General Election.Read the full story ›