UK General Election

UK General Election 2024: Rishi Sunak Announces

UK General Election: Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced the date of UK general election by ending the speculations. The Prime Minister spoke to the British head of state King Charles III about this. He has also been asked to dissolve Parliament.

BBC reported that Rishi Sunak announced that the UK general election will be held on July 4 from London’s No. 10 Downing Street on Wednesday afternoon on May 22 local time. This is the third general election in Britain after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Brexit) in 2016.

About UK General Election 

In October 2022, Rishi Suna was elected as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom by MPs of the majority Conservative Party in the British Parliament. Sunak has to face this first general election as Prime Minister. The complaints of the people of the United Kingdom about him were that the prices of goods increased uncontrollably during his tenure.

Also, due to inflation, commodity prices, fuel prices and interest rates have increased several times. On the contrary, the cost of living of the common people is increasing. In this situation, members of the opposition parties of the country repeatedly demanded to announce the polling day. As per the rules, the polls are held in the country by January 2025. However, Sunak said, the vote will be held in the second half of the year.

According to a section of UK political circles, Sunak has the potential to make a big splash in the upcoming elections. Labor party can form the government. Sunak’s party has already suffered a big blow in the local elections.

UK General Election 2024

The UK general election will be held on July 4. The country’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed this information to the media. Noting that the last five years had been the most challenging period for the UK since World War II, Sunak said he had fought against those challenges and it made him proud to be British.

He attributed these challenges to Covid-19 and the Russia-Ukraine war, saying that the war in Ukraine has threatened world security. Noting that the UK economy is still recovering and inflation is back to normal, Sunak said he could not and would not claim that everything was fine when he was in power. However, he is proud of what he has achieved.

Sunak said, if re-elected in the upcoming election, he will prove that a Conservative government under his leadership will not put the UK’s economic stability at risk. But he admits, the current situation is not easy for many people to deal with.

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UK General Election Turnout

The ruling Conservative Party has been in power for three consecutive terms since 2010. During this period the party changed the prime ministership at least five times. But the country’s economy remains shaky. Inflation has caused the cost of living for ordinary people in the UK to skyrocket. In such a situation, the Conservative Party lost heavily in the local government elections held on May 2.

After the absolute victory in the local government elections, the Labor Party had been demanding an early national election from the government. Now the Conservative Party is very divided. Party leaders are disappointed. After being in power for 14 consecutive years, many people are thinking that they may be defeated this time.

Labor leader Keir Starmer welcomed Sunak’s announcement. He said, it is time for the Tories to be freed from anarchy. They have damaged the country’s economy, created instability. The upcoming election is a great opportunity for us to establish the political stability of the country.

Final words

The general election of the United Kingdom is going to be held on July 4. This ended long speculation about the UK election. According to opinion polls, Sunak’s party Labor Party is far behind after ruling for 14 years.

Sunak met with King Charles III before meeting with ministers. He sought the King’s permission to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections. After obtaining the King’s permission, he publicly announced the date of the election.

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