As politicians reeled from the shock announcement that Mrs May is seeking support in the Commons on Wednesday to call the election, scheduled for June 8, the Scottish First Minister used it as an opportunity to criticise the Government.
Currently at loggerheads with Mrs May over her repeated swatting of her plans to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence, Nicola Sturgeon took a swipe at Mrs May’s latest plans.
She said: “In terms of Scotland, this move is a huge political miscalculation by the Prime Minister.
"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."
And she tweeted a scathing analysis of the Conservative’s handling of Brexit and projections for the future.
Mrs May was highly critical of the SNPs input in her speech
She posted: “The Tories see a chance to move the UK to the right, force through a hard Brexit and impose deeper cuts. Let's stand up for Scotland. #GE17.”
Criticising the PM, he tweeted: “Whatever happened to 'now is not the time'? UK General Election: 8th June.
“Straight choice in Scotland between @theSNP and Tories. #VoteSNP.”
He added that Labour and Lib Dems were “finished’ in Scotland and voters were left with the choice of the SNP or the Conservatives.
Theresa May is seeking support in the Commons on Wednesday to call the election, scheduled for June
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It is thought Ms Sturgeon’s reference to a ‘miscalculation’ relates to the spectacular gains Scotland made in the last general election, where they toppled Labour’s previous stronghold to clinch 56 seats out of a possible 59.
They polled a staggering 50 per cent of the vote which saw Labour lose 40 MPs to the SNP, who previously had six.
John Curtice, polling expert and professor at the University of Strathclyde, weighed in on the situation saying he estimated the SNP would retain their seats and Labour would lose their one MP.
But he added he doubted there would be no “rich pickings” for the Tories.
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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
At a press conference hastily called on Tuesday in the wake of the news from No 10, Ms Sturgeon declared she “intends to win this election in Scotland.”
Branding the current agenda as seeking to “crush the voices of people who disagree with them”, she claimed to be “standing up for the kind of country we want Scotland to be”.
Ms Sturgeon confirmed she “relished” the opportunity for her party of a general election, adding that in due course she would pursue a second vote on Scottish independence.
The Tories see a chance to move the UK to the right, force through a hard Brexit and impose deeper cuts. Let's stand up for Scotland. #GE17
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) April 18, 2017
This move is a huge political miscalculation by the Prime Minister
Blasting Theresa May’s decision, she said the election was “all about the narrow interests of her own party not the country overall”, and the PM “sees an opportunity to totally destroy and crush Labour.”
Confirming they would be defending all the seats they won in 2015, Ms sturgeon told reporters she would be “standing up for what Scottish people voted for in the referendum”.
Scotland overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU in last June’s vote, a bone of contention for Ms Sturgeon.
Nicola Sturgeon declared she “intends to win this election in Scotland.”
Making “no apology” for the pressure she has exerted on Westminster and the Brexit process to date, she declared “now is the time for Scotland’s voice to be heard.”
Mrs May was highly critical of the SNPs input in her speech, among other parties, with her decision to call an election widely viewed as an attempt to give her a mandate to silence her critics.
In her speech outside No 10, she said: "The Scottish National Party say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain's membership of the European Union.”
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She referenced the SNP again in her speech, saying: “And the decision facing the country will be all about leadership.
“It will be a choice between strong and stable leadership in the national interest, with me as your Prime Minister, or weak and unstable coalition government, led by Jeremy Corbyn, propped up by the Liberal Democrats – who want to reopen the divisions of the referendum – and Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP.”
Currently the Tories are enjoying a 21-point advantage, the biggest lead for the party since 1983, which Mrs May is hoping to capitalise on.
Nicola Sturgeon tweeted a scathing analysis of the Conservative’s handling of Brexit
This is in sharp contrast to Labour, who polled just 21 per cent of support according to a ComRes survey.
Leader Jeremy Corbyn said he “welcomed” the news of a general election.