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Tim Farron: General Election is 'great opportunity'

Tim Farron said an election would be a 'great opportunity'. Credit: ITV News

A snap General Election would provide a "great opportunity" for Britain to "change the direction" of the country.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said a potential election represents a chance for the UK to alter which path it takes during Brexit negotiations.

Speaking to ITV News, he said: "It's a great opportunity for the British people to choose to change the direction of our country.

"To oppose a hard Brexit, to keep us in the single market and to make sure that we actually have a strong and decent opposition - which only the Liberal Democrats now offer."

He added that Labour under Jeremy Corbyn had "effectively decided" not to be an alternative government.

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PM's top spin doctor resigns after early election call

Theresa May is thought to have given a close ear to her former advisers. Credit: PA

Theresa May's director of communications has surprisingly announced she will resign her position amid the PM's call for an early election.

Katie Perrior, who was appointed to the role as Mrs May took power last July, leaves a team that includes May's influential former special advisers Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy.

Ms Perrior was a surprise appointment as the former iNHouse Communications boss had no background in journalism.

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PM called Queen on Monday about early election plan

Theresa May's election move comes just over nine months after the Queen formally invited her to become prime minister. Credit: PA

Theresa May rang the Queen on Monday to formally confirm her plans to seek an early election on June 8.

The prime minister's spokesperson revealed the call was made as he confirmed the PM's bid for an early vote had received the full backing of the Cabinet.

He also said the timetable for Brexit negotiations would be unaffected by the June 8 vote.

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