FOLLOWING the shock revelation that the UK will head to the polls on June 8, Bracknell MP Dr Phillip Lee and Wokingham MP John Redwood have confirmed they will be both restand.

Parliament overwhelming voted in favour of the snap early election yesterday, with 522 votes to 13.

Dr Phillip Lee said: "I feel that this was the right decision for the country and that is why I voted in favour.

"The PM has recently, and reluctantly, come to the conclusion that an election is necessary, as she seeks to establish a strong Government that will give the country stability and certainty for a full five years, not just up to the point at which we leave the European Union but beyond it too.  

"The UK faces a number of challenges in the coming years and I think it is fair to grant an opportunity to the British people to have their say before we begin to negotiate our withdrawal from the EU.

"My friend Theresa May is a leader who gets things done. When she became Prime Minister, her priorities were to provide economic certainty, a clear vision and strong leadership – she has delivered. She will soon set out her ambitious plans for the future of our country.

"I am looking forward to making my case, and that of the Conservative Party, to the people of Bracknell, Crowthorne, Finchampstead, Sandhurst and Wokingham Without. 

"It would be an honour and a privilege to continue serving them as their Member of Parliament."

On his online blog, John Redwood also welcomed the election.

He wrote: "I look forward to the election, and assume Labour will also be running on a platform of wanting to make a success of Brexit."