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Theresa May made General Election decision while walking in Wales

The Prime Minister has told ITV News that she made the decision to call for a snap General Election whilst on holiday in north Wales before Easter.

Theresa May said the planned election would provide "stability and certainty for the future".

"The British people gave the Government a job to do in terms of coming out of the European Union, and I'm going to be asking the British people to put their trust in me in ensuring we deliver a success of that" she said.

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Kinnock accuses PM of pursuing 'elective dictatorship'

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock said the PM's call for unity in Westminster was 'chilling'. Credit: ITV News

Theresa May is looking to create an "elective dictatorship" in Westminster by pursuing an early election, Labour MP Stephen Kinnock has told ITV News.

The PM said she wants to go to the polls because of disunity in Parliament as she announced her plans for a June 8 election.

Mr Kinnock said her call for "unity in Westminster" was a "chilling phrase".

"She wants to steamroller through her vision of the United Kingdom, which we know (from) the 'Brextremists' around her is about turning the UK into a European version of the Cayman Islands," he said.

"There needs to be a strong Labour opposition in Parliament to make sure that doesn't happen."

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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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First Minister Carwyn Jones: PM's election announcement is 'odd'

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On Twitter, First Minister Carwyn Jones has questioned the timing of the Prime Minister's General Election announcement.

In a further statement, he said: "We won last year's Assembly election based on our strong record of leadership and delivery."

"We will enter the General Election campaign, whenever it comes, from a position of strength and with a distinctive and innovative offer for the people of Wales."

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