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Monday, July 15, 2024
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Monday July 15, 2024

Rishi Sunak hints at general election in the second half of the year amid growing pressure

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Speculation of early election denied, polls indicate public desire for a sooner vote

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has seemingly ruled out the possibility of a spring general election, stating that his “working assumption” is to call for a vote in the “second half of this year.” The statement comes as pressure mounts on Sunak to announce a date for the next election, required to be held before January 2025.

The Prime Minister’s remarks were made during a visit to a youth center in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, where he addressed the swirling speculations. Although he didn’t categorically rule out a May election, Sunak emphasized his intention to schedule the vote later in the year.

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A recent Mirror poll revealed that two-thirds of Brits desire an election by the summer, with 31% of respondents favoring an immediate vote, 19% supporting a spring election, and 16% opting for the summer.

Speaking to the media, Sunak mentioned, “So my working assumption is we’ll have a general election in the second half of this year, and in the meantime, I’ve got lots that I want to get on with.” He highlighted his focus on managing the economy, cutting taxes, and addressing issues like illegal migration.

The Prime Minister set off speculation in December when he declared 2024 as “an election year” during a Downing Street reception but refrained from providing further details on the timing.

Opposition parties, including Labour and the Liberal Democrats, have been pushing for an early election, characterizing Sunak as hesitant to face the public vote. Labour leader Keir Starmer accused Sunak of hiding and called for clarity on the election date, warning of potential consequences for the country if the Prime Minister delays the decision.

Lib Dem leader Ed Davey referred to Sunak as “squatter Sunak,” accusing him of desperately holding onto power and avoiding a May general election. Davey emphasized the need for a spring election to allow voters to express their discontent with the current government.

The political landscape remains tense as the public awaits a definitive announcement regarding the timing of the next general election.

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