BROMSGROVE MP Sajid Javid has confirmed he is hoping to stand in June's General Election.

Prime Minister Theresa May has today announced a General Election for June 8 - stunning the nation.

It comes just two years after the last General Election in 2015, with Mrs May saying division in Westminster poses a "risk" over Brexit.

Speaking to the Advertiser after this morning's announcement, Mr Javid said: “It’s important that we have the strong and stable leadership required to deliver on Brexit.

"The choice is between securing the national interest with Theresa May and the Conservatives – or weak and unstable coalition government led by Jeremy Corbyn.”

When asked if he will be standing as a candidate, Mr Javid said it would be 'a decision for the local Conservative Association', but that he hopes he will get the opportunity.

Bromsgrove's Labour Group are yet to announce their parliamentary candidate, but chairman Michael Thompson said the group has welcomed the surprise announcement.

He said: "We welcome a chance to offer the people of the Bromsgrove constituency an alternative to Sajid Javid.

“We work hard with local residents and are keen to represent them and the interests of Bromsgrove.

“I think Sajid Javid is more of a career politician, interested in a career in London rather than representing his constituents.”