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Labour MP Teresa Pearce ‘looking forward’ to election campaign after Theresa May calls for snap general election

PUBLISHED: 12:31 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:32 19 April 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street, London, announcing a snap general election on June 8. John Stillwell/PA Wire

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street, London, announcing a snap general election on June 8. John Stillwell/PA Wire

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Erith and Thamesmead’s Teresa Pearce has become the first MP in the borough to react to the snap election announced by Theresa May today.

The Labour MP has welcomed news that, depending on a Parliamentary vote, Britain will go to the polls on June 8, giving candidates less than two months to get through their election campaign.

Standing outside 10 Downing Street today, the PM called for the election amid “Westminster division” after Brexit.

The election will go ahead as long as two-thirds of MPs back the sugggestion at a vote tomorrow (Wednesday).

Bexleyheath  and Crayford MP alongside Theresa May Bexleyheath and Crayford MP alongside Theresa May

Mrs Pearce responded to the news: “I have been proud to serve as the MP for Erith and Thamesmead for the past seven years, standing up for our patch and putting our community first.

“Labour will be offering the country an effective alternative to rebuild the economy, to invest in our NHS and to fight the housing crisis head-on.

“I will continue to work tirelessly to serve our area and I am looking forward to a positive campaign putting forward a future that we want to see for our country and our area.”

The move stunned Westminster, as Mrs May and Number 10 have repeatedly insisted she would not seek a general election before the scheduled 2020 poll.

However, Labour councillor for Lesnes Abbey, Danny Hackett has said that he has been expecting the snap general election for some time.

He said: “We knew it was going to happen, and it was expected. But it gives us a welcomed opportunity to bring our message to the people.

“Labour has been doing a great job recently, but with the election in only 51 days time, we only have a short window.

“I am confident that Labour has a good team. The fight starts now.”

He is, however, keeping tight lipped about whether he’ll run in the election.

He added: “Many friends have encouraged me to stand, and I think Labour needs strong candidates now. It’s too early to say today whether or not I’ll run, but we’ll see what happens.”

Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett commented: “I believe this decision is in the national interest. The Government’s small majority can allow our opponents in Westminster to try and take us off course. We must therefore unite the country to deal with the issues facing Britain and we need to cement the strong and stable leadership our country needs to see us through Brexit and beyond. Only Theresa May as PM can do this.

“The referendum result last year gave us a mandate and Britain will leave the European Union in 2019. However, there are many other matters that the Government needs to address and we will continue to govern for all of the people. Issues such as education, the NHS, and transport locally are of real concern to my constituents and only the Conservatives have the necessary policies.”

“I look forward to the forthcoming election campaign.”

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