North East experts are lending their analysis on why Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a snap General Election.Read the full story ›
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".
The Tories see a chance to move the UK to the right, force through a hard Brexit and impose deeper cuts. Let's stand up for Scotland. #GE17
"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."
Why has Theresa May announced that she wants to call an early general election and what happens next?Read the full story ›
Labour Member of Parliament for Newcastle Central, Chi Onwurah, has taken to social media to condemn the Prime Minister's snap election announcement.
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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Right. Buckle up! Ready to take on this nasty, weak & shambolic Tory party & fight for a fairer, stronger, more decent Britain -together
Helen Goodman, Member of Parliament for Bishop Auckland since 2005, has tweeted her anger following the snap election announcement.
PM's behaviour totally irresponsible: we gave her a big majority to trigger Article 50, now she needs to concentrate on the negotiations.
Similar criticism came from Emma Lewell-Buck, Labour MP for South Shields, who also commented on the timing.
Tory Govt have broken election promise after election promise, we're in very unstable times & now May wants you to put your trust in her...
Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop announces he will not seek re-election as MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.
MPs and people have reacted to MP Tom Blenkinsop announcement on Twitter.
@tomblenkinsop So very sorry to hear this, Tom. You have been a strong voice for working people in the North East. You will be missed.
Rachael Maskell MP has accused PM Theresa May of being reckless following the news a snap General Election will be held on 8 June.Read the full story ›