“The Prime Minister has announced a historic decision to call a snap General Election on June 8th, just weeks after guaranteeing that it would not happen. This demonstrates the cynical opportunism of a Tory Party that only acts in its own interests, rather than those of the country.
“During a vital period when Parliament is in the process of scrutinising the terms of the UK’s Brexit deal, Theresa May’s statement reinforces the importance of the Metro Mayor election when 1.5 million people in our City Region can send her Government a very clear message that they reject Tory austerity.
“Their approach has meant our six Local Authorities have seen their central Government funding cut to the bone, which has had a devastating impact on the way vital services are delivered.
“A General Election is also a chance to ensure Labour MPs are re-elected to collectively provide a strong voice for our area in Westminster.”