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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Wednesday's newspapers splash with Theresa May's decision to call a general election - a 'bolt from the blue', as The Telegraph puts it.
After Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she is calling for an early general election Labour and the Lib Dems started to prepare.
Theresa May's decision to issue a call for a snap General Election has drawn mixed reaction. Here we take a look at what people are saying.