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18 APR 2017

Robert responds as PM calls June General Election

The Prime Minister has announced that a General Election will be held on 8 June - and that she will shortly take the necessary steps in Parliament to ensure that this can happen.

Local MP Robert Courts backed the decision and said that the choice was a clear one about strong local and national leadership.

Speaking on the steps of No.10 Downing Street, Theresa May said; "Last summer, after the country voted to leave the European Union, Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership, and since I became Prime Minister the Government has delivered precisely that.

"Despite predictions of immediate financial and economic danger, since the referendum we have seen consumer confidence remain high, record numbers of jobs, and economic growth that has exceeded all expectations.

"We have also delivered on the mandate that we were handed by the referendum result. Britain is leaving the European Union and there can be no turning back. And as we look to the future, the Government has the right plan for negotiating our new relationship with Europe.

"We want a deep and special partnership between a strong and successful European Union and a United Kingdom that is free to chart its own way in the world. That means we will regain control of our own money, our own laws and our own borders and we will be free to strike trade deals with old friends and new partners all around the world.

"This is the right approach, and it is in the national interest. But the other political parties oppose it. At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division.

"We need this election now to secure the strong and stable leadership the country needs to see us through Brexit and beyond. Every vote cast for Theresa May and the Conservatives will strengthen Britain's hand in the Brexit negotiations. We will stick to our Plan for a Stronger Britain and take the right long-term decisions for a more secure future."

Robert Courts MP added; "I understand that, particularly in West Oxfordshire, we have had a lot of elections recently. However, we do need this general election now in order to secure the strong and stable leadership our country requires at this pivotal moment. I will be standing as a hard-working local constituency MP, continuing to ensure that West Oxfordshire has influence in Government. Nationally, the choice is clear: leadership in the national interest under Theresa May or a weak and unstable coalition Government with Jeremy Corbyn as our Prime Minister. Locally, it has been an honour to serve you since the by-election and I hope very much to be able to build on the flying start I have made since the by-election. There is much more to achieve and I am looking forward to setting out my vision for our constituency over the next five years. In West Oxfordshire, this election is therefore about two issues: stable, strong leadership for the country, and ensuring that West Oxfordshire has influence in and on Government. That is what I offer, and that is what I seek.

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