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18 Apr, 2017 11:52

Resignations, outrage, optimism: MPs react to Theresa May’s call for snap general election

Resignations, outrage, optimism: MPs react to Theresa May’s call for snap general election

Following Prime Minister Theresa May’s call to hold a general election on June 8, politicians of all parties took to Twitter to vent their frustration, rattle their sabers, and even resign outright.

Reactions varied across the political spectrum.

Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop announced he would not be running almost immediately after May’s announcement, citing “significant and irreconcilable differences” with his party’s leadership.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn meanwhile appeared to embrace the move, saying it was a chance for the British people to be properly represented.

Labour’s David Lammy MP said he would fight to hold his Tottenham constituency.

Jess Phillips MP, also of Labour, blasted May’s decision in light of her previous statements that national interest came before partisan politics.

Tory MP Andrew Stephenson was one of a number of Conservatives who embraced the decision.

Fellow Tory MP Stephen Crabb said it was an ideal moment for an election.

Former Labour MP George Galloway, who is currently running in the Manchester Gorton by-election, tweeted that the election itself might be under threat because of the new situation.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron also appeared to be spoiling for a fight, in his case on the basis of keeping the UK in the EU single market and avoiding the prospect of a ‘Hard Brexit.'

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon argued that the election was being called to push for more austerity and urged voters to fight along national lines

Green Party London Assembly member Sian Berry urged people to donate to offset the main parties’ wealthy backers.

In an official statement put out on Twitter, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall called the move “cynical.

Prominent UKIP-backer Arron Banks tweeted he would definitely be standing for election.

Former UKIP chief Nigel Farage is yet to respond as he appears to be fishing in the Adriatic.