Theresa May’s announcement that a General Election will be held on June 8 was greeted with resounding support from within her own ranks and Conservatives are confident they will wipe the floor with Labour.
It is also believed the election will provide her with the mandate she needs to steer Britain through Brexit, free from the ball and chain of parliamentary remoaners.
Daniel Kawczynski, Tory MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, said: “She is pursuing a very erudite and effective type of Brexit which is going to be great for the country.
“Labour is clearly trying to undermine her and her objectives. She has a majority support from the electorate, I really think that, and this would give her more power to push through the type of Brexit this country needs.
“There is speculation that we could lose some seats to the Lib Dems but I see us strengthening our position overall, especially with regard to Labour.”
David Morris, Conservative MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, added: “I think Labour are going to lose 100 seats.
“My initial reaction is Theresa May wants a majority so we can sort out the problems facing the country. It gives her a mandate.”
This would chime with what Mrs May said in her landmark speech outside Downing Street.
She said this was a time for “strength” and “unity”.
Jeremy Corbyn, who took more than an hour to respond to the Prime Minister’s announcement, finally struck back, and he certainly does not agree that his party is staring down the barrel of complete annihilation.
He said: “I welcome the prime minister’s decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first.
“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.
“In the last couple of weeks, Labour has set out policies that offer a clear and credible choice for the country. We look forward to showing how Labour will stand up for the people of Britain.”
Ukip’s Paul Nuttall added: “We welcome the opportunity to take Ukip’s positive message to the country.
“However, we believe that the Prime Minister’s decision to call this election is a cynical decision driven more by the weakness of Corbyn’s Labour Party rather than the good of the country.
“There is also the prospect of a slew of Tory held by-elections caused by the seeming systematic breach of electoral law at the last election, predominantly in places where Ukip were pressing the Conservatives hard.
“We are in the midst of Brexit negotiations so this election will provide a perfect opportunity for the 52% to vote for Ukip, the only party wholeheartedly committed to a clean quick and efficient Brexit.”
Tim Farron, responding to the Prime Minister’s assertions that he was trying to “grind the business of government to a halt”, said: “This election is your chance to change the direction of our country.
“If you want to avoid a disastrous hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the single market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.
“Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority.”
The Green Party has also decided to lead in on the fact Britain is at an apex.
Caroline Lucas said: “Britain is at a crossroads – and today’s announcement means that people are rightly given a say over the direction this country is going to take.
“Only the Green Party offers a bold, positive vision for a different kind of Britain. At this election we will stand for an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few; a Britain that’s open to the world and the protection of our precious environment.
“We will stand up to the politics of hatred and division that is scarring our communities and give people across the country a chance to vote for a better Britain.”