Richard Arkless, Dumfries and Galloway MP, has released a statement in response to Prime Minister, Theresa May's announcement calling for a general election to be held on the 8th of June.

The SNP member says the PM should not be given "her own mandate for the hardest possible Brexit".

'Now is not the time' - turns out to be - 'actually it's 50 days from now.'

RICHARD ARKLESS MP, DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

The MP for Dumfries & Galloway goes on to say that Scotland's interests needs to remain protected.

Now more than ever - Scotland needs to send articulate, strong willed SNP MPs - whose priority will always be - protecting Scotland's interests and budget - and making sure Scotland's voice is heard in Westminster.

RICHARD ARKLESS MP, DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY