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A shocking snap General Election was announced on Tuesday morning by Prime Minister Theresa May.
If Parliament decides to back proposal it means a 51 day countdown has officially begun before the nation goes to the polls on 8 June.
Here's how MPs are reacting to the news - some welcome it with open arms, some have decried it and others have, unsurprisingly, taken the opportunity to poke fun at Jeremy Corbyn.
I welcome the PM’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the intere… https://t.co/EDLoBfc6Ju — Jeremy Corbyn (@Jeremy Corbyn)
This is your chance to change the direction of your country https://t.co/wfj4wC7yn3 — Tim Farron (@Tim Farron)
General Election June 8th. I will seek nomination 4 Labour Camberwell & Peckham @SouthwarkLabour — Harriet Harman (@Harriet Harman)
Can't wait for the TV debates between @theresa_may and @jeremycorbyn .... — Lord Ashcroft (@Lord Ashcroft)
An example of how little we can trust Theresa May&how bad she knows things will be if she waits. Election is vote of no confidence in her — Steve McCabe (@Steve McCabe)
Thanks! 1 down #GeneralElection https://t.co/fxY85EwdWM — Louise Haigh (@Louise Haigh)
Looking forward to putting the @Conservatives case to the electors & helping secure a big majority for our excellent PM @theresa_may — David TC Davies MP 🏴🇬🇧 (@David TC Davies MP 🏴🇬🇧)
Winning a GE gives PM the mandate & authority she needs especially for Brexit negotiations. TM no Gordon Brown! She is brave & principled — Anna Soubry (@Anna Soubry)
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 — Nicola Sturgeon (@Nicola Sturgeon)
Game on in #Plymouth! Very excited about relaunching the van, it's gonna be tough to hit every door, but can't wait to get out in the doors. — Johnny Mercer (@Johnny Mercer)
Brave - and right - decision by PM @Theresa_May. My very best wishes to all Conservative candidates. @Conservatives — David Cameron (@David Cameron)
A General Election while the UK faces the most important negotiations in decades. No doubt PM putting party before country. — Callum McCaig (@Callum McCaig)
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