South west London MPs have been reacting to the shock announcement by Prime Minister Theresa May that elections will be held on June 8.
MPs from across the region have been giving their take, with all who have spoken so far confirming that they intend to stand for re-election.
Honoured to have served as MP for my home town for last 7 years. Proud of what I’ve achieved & looking forward to standing for re-election
— Gavin Barwell MP (@GavinBarwellMP) April 18, 2017
A huge honour to serve Croydon Sth for last 2 years & I’ll run for re-election. I will continue actively campaigning for our local community
— Chris Philp MP (@chrisphilp_mp) April 18, 2017
Former cabinet minister Vince Cable announced his intention to stand again in Twickenham on LBC earlier today.
I plan to lead fight back to recapture Twickenham for Lib Dems. Brexit. Heathrow. School cuts. Social care. Plenty to campaign on.
— Vince Cable (@vincecable) April 18, 2017
Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh responded to a supporter’s message, saying she was looking forward to the campaign.
— Siobhain McDonagh MP (@Siobhain_MP) April 18, 2017
— Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (@DrRosena) April 19, 2017
Croydon South MP Steve Reed was at a meeting in the Department for Education when Theresa May announced her plans for the poll.
— Steve Reed (@SteveReedMP) April 18, 2017
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- 46Labour and Co-operative candidate Steve Reed launched his campaign for re-election as Croydon North MP last week. Mr Reed retained his seat with a majority of 21,364 in 2015, ahead of Conservative Vidhi Mohan (12,149) and UKIP candidate Winston McKenzie (2,899). With Streatham candidate Chuka Umunna in attendance at the…
- 45Croydon South retained its blue tint with Conservative Chris Philp holding his safe seat, although with a much decreased majority of 11,406. He claimed a total of 33,334 votes, up by more than 2,000 from 2015, from an increased turnout of 73.5%, beating Jennifer Brathwaite (Labour) who earned 21,928, Anna…