Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps reacts to the announcement made by Prime Minister Theresa May this morning calling for a general election on Thursday 8 June 2017.

Grant said, “This is a strong decision by Theresa May. It removes any doubt about her own mandate to take the difficult decisions now required to create the prosperous nation we all want to see.

Rarely in history has a Prime Minister had so much to do and it is therefore right to ensure that she has the overwhelming support of parliament right behind her.

I take nothing for granted and so over the coming weeks, I will be reaching out to local people to outline my vision for Welwyn Hatfield and Britain. I will be explaining why it is so important for people to lend their support, in order that Welwyn Hatfield gets strong representation at parliament and a determined campaigner here at home.”