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Parliamentary elections in Great Britain in six weeks – Sunak is fighting against the odds

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The rain poured down during Sunak’s statement. Photo: Kin Cheung / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 22.05.2024 19:49:31

Policy: The Prime Minister announced the election date in pouring rain outside the Prime Minister’s residence 10 Downing Street shortly after 6pm Norwegian time. Nearby protesters played the song “Things Can Only Get Better” by D: Ream at deafening volume as he spoke. The song was used in Labour’s election campaign in 1997.

Earlier in the day, he had urgently called a cabinet meeting, which led to both Foreign Minister David Cameron and Defense Minister Grant Shapps urgently changing their travel plans.

– Unstable times require a clear plan and bold action, says Sunak.

– I want to do what is right, not what is easy. I will fight for every single vote and for their trust, the Prime Minister continued.

– After 14 years with the Conservatives in government, apparently nothing works anymore. “Only a changed Labor Party will get Britain’s future back, and believe me, the party has changed,” he said.

He added that the future of the country is in the hands of the voters.

– Together we can stop the chaos, rebuild and change our country.

The Liberal Democrats’ Ed Davey, for his part, outlined a gloomy analysis of society Sky Newsadding that “this is a chance to deliver the change that the people are crying out for”.

It is the first time since 1945 that parliamentary elections are held in July. At the time, the Conservatives led by Winston Churchill suffered a very surprising – and crushing – defeat against Labor and Clement Attlee.

The dissolution of the British Parliament takes place on 30 May, and the new Parliament is officially opened with the Throne Speech on 17 July.

While the election campaign is underway, the British royal family has, in line with normal procedure, chosen to postpone a number of official missions that can be considered interventions in the election campaign.

Labor is about 20 percentage points ahead of the Conservatives in the opinion polls, and it is likely to be a very demanding election campaign for Sunak’s party. In the election campaign, the Prime Minister is expected to emphasize that inflation has been brought under control and that the economy is improving.

There was a quick response from Labor leader Keir Starmer X.

Sky News’ political editor Beth Rigby says there has been a “long and open discussion” in Downing Street about holding an election now, or in the autumn. The absolute very last deadline was January next year.

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