Nick Clegg wants to try to stop Theresa May's 'damaging approach to Brexit'
The former Lib Dem deputy prime minister was one of just eight survivors after his party's 2015 meltdown and there were doubts about him continuing in Parliament.
But Mr Clegg announced he will fight to retain his Sheffield Hallam seat to oppose the Conservative Party's "damaging approach to Brexit".
He said: "Theresa May has called a general election out of opportunism and intolerance. “Opportunism in seeking to exploit the weakness of Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour party.
Nick Clegg is to stand for re-election in Sheffield Hallam
Theresa May has called a general election out of opportunism and intolerance
“And intolerance in seeking a landslide majority to bring about 'unity', by which she means the ability to impose whatever interpretation of Brexit she wishes without meaningful scrutiny from Parliament.
"Meanwhile, her Brexit-obsessed Government is failing to provide the decent schools, hospitals and social care which communities, including those I represent in Sheffield, rightly deserve.
"This general election once again places the interests of the Conservative Party ahead of the daily needs of the British people.
Nick Clegg led the Lib Dems to their meltdown in the 2015 election
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"I will be re-standing as the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate in Sheffield Hallam – a constituency I have had the immense privilege to represent in Parliament for 12 years – because I vehemently oppose the direction that Theresa May wishes to drag our wonderful country.
"When I was leader of the Lib Dems, our key task was to provide responsible Government; today, our key task is to provide effective opposition and lead the fight against the Conservatives' damaging approach to Brexit.
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UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced her intention to hold an early general election on June 8
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Theresa May has called for a snap general election
"My constituents, and millions of people across the country, deserve a better choice than Theresa May's hard Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn's hapless leadership."
Mrs May yesterday announced her decision to call for a snap election on June 8 rather than wait until the scheduled 2020 ballot.