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'One of the most extraordinary U-turns in recent history'

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the calling of a snap General Election is a chance for the Conservatives to "force through a hard Brexit".

Ms Sturgeon tweeted that the move would see the Tories "move the UK to the right" - adding "let's stand up for Scotland".

"This announcement is one of the most extraordinary U-turns in recent political history, and it shows that Theresa May is once again putting the interests of her party ahead of those of the country," Mrs Sturgeon said.

"She is clearly betting that the Tories can win a bigger majority in England given the utter disarray in the Labour Party."

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Chi Onwurah criticises 'lies and broken promises'

Labour Member of Parliament for Newcastle Central, Chi Onwurah, has taken to social media to condemn the Prime Minister's snap election announcement.

Chi Onwurah MP Credit: PA
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Jeremy Corbyn 'welcomes' General Election decision

Jeremy Corbyn has said he "welcomes" Theresa May's decision to call a snap General Election on June 8.

The Labour leader said: "I welcome the Prime Minister's decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first."

In his statement, he added: "Labour will be offering the country an effective alternative to a government that has failed to rebuild the economy, delivered falling living standards and damaging cuts to our schools and NHS."

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PM's behaviour 'irresponsible' says Helen Goodman MP

Helen Goodman, Member of Parliament for Bishop Auckland since 2005, has tweeted her anger following the snap election announcement.

Helen Goodman MP Credit: PA

Similar criticism came from Emma Lewell-Buck, Labour MP for South Shields, who also commented on the timing.

Tom Blenkinsop MP 'will not seek re-election'

Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop announces he will not seek re-election as MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.

Labour's Tom Blenkinsop Credit: PA

MPs and people have reacted to MP Tom Blenkinsop announcement on Twitter.

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