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PM repeats election will be in second half of the year amid summer speculation

22 May 2024 2 minute read
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Photo Jordan Pettitt/PA Wire

Rishi Sunak has repeated his insistence that the general election will take place in the second half of the year amid mounting speculation he could have his eye on a summer polling day.

During Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, he declined to rule out a summer vote – which some believe could take place on July 4 – when challenged over the timing.

SNP Westminster Leader Stephen Flynn said: “Speculation is rife, so I think the public deserve a clear answer to a simple question. Does the Prime Minister intend to call a summer general election or is he feart?”

Spoiler alert

Mr Sunak replied: “There is, Mr Speaker – spoiler alert – there is going to be a general election in the second half of this year.

“At that moment, the British people will in fact see the truth about the honourable gentleman opposite me (Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer), because that will be the choice at the next election, Mr Speaker – a party that is not able to say to the country what they would do, a party that would put at risk our hard-earned economic stability, or the Conservatives that are delivering a secure future for our United Kingdom.”

The rumour mill at Westminster has been thrown into overdrive amid some rare welcome news for the Prime Minister, as official figures showed inflation slowed to 2.3% in April, the lowest level since July 2021.

Milestone

Mr Sunak declared UK inflation is “back to normal” in a “major milestone” for the country.

It follows a difficult period for the Conservatives, who have suffered two defections by backbench MPs and a drubbing at the local elections earlier this month.

Polls continue to suggest the Tories are on course to lose the forthcoming national vote, with Labour retaining a double-digit lead.

The latest possible date Mr Sunak could hold the election is January 28 2025.

Cabinet ministers are being summoned to Downing Street for a meeting later on Wednesday, after the usual Tuesday slot was delayed by the Prime Minister’s trip to Austria.


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Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
1 month ago

Second half of the year. How about Thursday July 4th? American Independence (from Britain) Day and liberation from Tories day. Perfect.

Jeff
Jeff
1 month ago

It happens when it happens. The UK is in a mess at and at risk and remains so whilst this green card loving and fan of non dom is in charge, and all this chums on the same side of the house as him. Johnson, May, Cameron, Truss now him? Just call it already and find out. Latest wheeze is you are not on the sick, you are lying and s is the doctor that signed you off and you need to go to a boot camp to be trained to stack shelves or become a brain surgeon, cant have… Read more »

Jeff
Jeff
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeff

Hey up, the auguries are expecting white smoke from the chimney today?

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