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General Election 2017: the view from the region

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.

Prime Minister's constituents respond to shock election announcement

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

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General Election 2017: Sussex MP Nick Gibb reacts

The MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, Nick Gibb - a Conservative, has given his reaction to an election.

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