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UK will vote in General Election on July 4 after Sunak fires starting gun

22 May 2024 3 minute read
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak issues a statement outside 10 Downing Street, London, after calling a General Election for July 4. Photo Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Rishi Sunak fired the starting gun for a July 4 General Election, saying Sir Keir Starmer could not be trusted to lead the country through “uncertain” times.

The Prime Minister made the economy and combating the global security threats facing the UK the key elements of his pitch to the nation as he announced the election date.

In response, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told voters: “Together we can stop the chaos, we can turn the page, we can start to rebuild Britain.”

Rain

A sodden Mr Sunak had to battle both the rain and the sounds of New Labour anthem Things Can Only Get Better being blasted from beyond the Downing Street gates, as he said he would “fight for every vote” as he attempts to overturn a 20-point opinion poll deficit.

Mr Sunak said: “This election will take place at time when the world is more dangerous than it has been since the end of the Cold War.”

He highlighted Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the tensions in the Middle East relating to the Israel-Hamas conflict, China’s efforts to “dominate the 21st century” and migration “being weaponised by hostile states to threaten the integrity of our borders”.

“These uncertain times call for a clear plan and bold action to chart a course to a secure future,” he said.

“You must choose in this election who has that plan.”

A July election is earlier than many in Westminster had expected, with a contest in October or November widely thought to have been more likely.

Inflation

Mr Sunak’s announcement came after the Office for National Statistics said Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation slowed to 2.3% in April, down from 3.2% in March.

He said that inflation was now “back to normal”, meaning “the pressure on prices will ease and mortgage rates will come down” – although interest rates are actually a matter for the independent Bank of England.

It was “proof that the plan and priorities I set out are working”, Mr Sunak said, but he acknowledged “for some it might still be hard when you look at your bank balance”.

One reason for delaying the election might have been to allow Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to deliver another tax-cutting financial statement in the lead-up to the vote.

But official figures revealed borrowing for April overshot forecasts, hitting £20.5 billion, suggesting he would have had limited scope for pre-election giveaways.

But Mr Sunak said he had restored “hard-earned, economic stability”.

“The question now is how and who do you trust to turn that foundation into a secure future for you, your family and our country.”

He added: “On July 5, either Sir Keir Starmer or I will be prime minister. He has shown time and time again that he will take the easy way out and do anything to get power.

“If he was happy to abandon all the promises he made to become Labour leader once he got the job, how can you know that he won’t do exactly the same thing if he were to become prime minister?

“If you don’t have the conviction, to stick to anything you say, if you don’t have the courage to tell people what you want to do and if you don’t have a plan, how can you possibly be trusted to lead our country, especially at this most uncertain of times?”


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Jeff
Jeff
11 days ago

Looking at the pic, a Tory wet….

Gareth
Gareth
11 days ago
Reply to  Jeff

A damp squib more like.

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
11 days ago

NOW WE KNOW WHEN THE ELECTION WILL BE.

LETS GET AS MANY PLAID CYMRU MEMBERS ELECTED AS POSSIBLE.

ON 4th JULY.
The stronger PLAID CYMRU performs the nearer the date of our Independence.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
11 days ago

Looks like a neighbour just poured a bucket of crab water over his head…

6 months remission, got to be thankful for small mercies…

Marc
Marc
11 days ago

Sunak fires starting gun, and shoots himself in the foot

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
11 days ago

If you don’t have a plan how you have a plan come true…

Happy talk, talk about things you would like to do…

If you weren’t getting sacked come that July morn…

Happy talk…any part of the Pacific will do for you…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
11 days ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Apparently his gang are not very happy with him, Moneybags forgot about all his soon to be impoverished bag carriers who thought they had another 6 months trolley dash to go…oops silly little Modi boy…hang on India’s election is all but over, there is a synchronicity here I’m sure…

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