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.
The Conservatives, as expected, won the Witney by-election in the early hours of the morning but their majority - and share of the vote - were well down on what the area's former MP David Cameron managed in the GENERAL election.
Robert Courts won. He was just under 6,000 votes ahead of the Liberal Democrats, who jumped from 4th place to 2nd, with over 11,500 votes. Labour slipped back to third, and the Greens just beat UKIP.
Our political correspondent Phil Hornby reports on a night of drama.
The MP for Hastings and Rye took centre stage at the Tory conference today. Amber Rudd is the Home Secretary, in charge of the government's policy of getting immigration down.
Also on the agenda today: Theresa May's controversial plans for more grammar schools. From Birmingham, Phil Hornby reports.
The problems of refugees and migration had the Conservatives talking at their party conference in Manchester today.
The Home Secretary and MP for Maidenhead, Theresa May, told the Tory faithful that uncontrolled migration was bad, bad for the country receiving the influx, and bad for the country experiencing the exodus.
Our Political Correspondent Phil Hornby has been listening to the debate, and other issues raised at the second full day of conference.
The Prime Minister told Conservatives from the South: 'Stick with it and let's finish the job'. He was speaking on the final day of the Tory conference in Manchester. Our political reporter Phil Hornby was in the hall, listening to Mr Cameron's speech.
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, the man responsible for organising Thatcher's funeral, said the costs are a "fraction" of the figures being "banded around".
Speaking to Daybreak he said: "The state will always pay for the costs of the funeral and memorial of a former Prime Minister and Margaret Thatcher was very adamant she did not want to have a separate memorial service.
"So this is the one occasion when people will get their chance to pay their respects, give her a send off and commemorate what was, by any exception, a really remarkable life."
The Queen personally decided to attend Lady Thatcher's funeral. This will be the first funeral of a Prime Minister she will attend since Winston Churchill's.
Lord Tebbit, who was badly injured during the Brighton bombing, pays tribute to Mrs Thatcher.
Liam Fox, former secretary of state for defence, has said that Margaret Thatcher was always "full of energy", and has spoken about when she recently attended his birthday party.