Following news that a snap general election will happen on June 8 Dunfermline MP Douglas Chapman has made known that he intends to stand for SNP if approved by local branch members. 

A shock announcement was made by Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street this morning. 

 She said that to "guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead" following the vote to leave the European Union, she would "hold this election and seek your support for the decisions I must take".

Mr Chapman said: "Upon approval from our local branch members I intend to lead our campaign from the front, in the same way I've championed this constituency since winning the election in 2015. 

"We in Dunfermline and West Fife need to punch above our weight and I have been determined to achieve that over the full five-year parliamentary term. 

"Due to a Tory Prime Minister's announcement to call a General Election barely two years into that term I am keen to finish the job I've started and I seek the support of the people of this constituency to see the job through - only the SNP can be trusted to stand up for Scotland."