How leaders reacted to the General Election announcement

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has given her reaction to the election.
First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has given her reaction to the election.
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The announcement of a General election yesterday took many by surprise, provoking a number of different reactions.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon: “It will once again give people the opportunity to reject the Tories’ narrow, divisive agenda, as well as reinforcing the democratic mandate which already exists for giving the people of Scotland a choice on their future.”

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale: “We will work tirelessly to elect Jeremy Corbyn prime minister and deliver a Labour government.”

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie: “It is a chance to change the direction of the whole of the UK. Our optimistic agenda is pro-UK, pro-EU and progressive. We stand with the majority opinion in this country. At this election we will stand proud for a United Kingdom within the European single market. We will avoid a disastrous hard Brexit and keep Britain united. Liberal Democrats are the only party that can stop a Conservative majority across the UK.”

Scottish Green leader Patrick Harvie: “I’m sure that voters in Scotland will not allow this election to satisfy the whims of a dangerous hard-right party determined to damage our economy, public services and threaten our EU friends and neighbours who have made Scotland their home. Instead, we must reassert our choice for a fairer and more equal society.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn: “Labour will be offering the country an effective alternative to a government that has failed to rebuild the economy, delivered falling living standards and damaging cuts to our schools and NHS.”

Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson: “Only a vote for the Scottish Conservatives will ensure we get the strong leadership we need to get the best Brexit deal for the whole country. And only a vote for the Scottish Conservatives will send a strong message that we oppose the SNP’s divisive plan for a second referendum.”

Thick Of It writer Armando Iannucci: “18 to 24-year-olds. I beg you on my knees; register to vote, and then vote. A solid 18-24 vote will make a big difference.”