Bridlington MP Sir Greg Knight admitted he had been as surprised as anyone Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Tuesday morning that a General Election was being called.
“No members of the parliamentary party were part of the decision,” he told the Free Press.
“I think it’s a brave decision but probably the right one, because the Labour party have been trying to thwart Brexit and the SNP said they would do the same.
“Theresa May was not the Prime Minister at the last election, so she wants the confidence of the British public.
“I’m looking forward to it, even if it has taken a few people by surprise. Expect the unexpected.
“It’s a challenge but I am ready to continue to represent one of the most beautiful areas of the country.”
In the latest General Election in 2015, Sir Greg picked up more than 50% of the votes in the Yorkshire East constituency.
He has been the region’s MP since 2001 and has a majority of almost 15,000.
Labour were second and UKIP came third in 2015, with the Liberal Democrats in fourth, ahead of the Green Party and a Yorkshire First candidate.
This time, Sir Greg may face a challenge from Bridlington mayor Cllr Liam Dealtry, who has said he is ‘seriously considering’ standing as an independent candidate.