July 4 election

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Rishi Sunak has announced the next general election will be held on July 4.

Speaking to the nation in the pouring rain, a drenched Mr. Sunak declared, “Now is the moment for Britain to choose its future.”

He stated: “Earlier today I spoke with His Majesty the King to request the dissolution of Parliament. The King has granted this request and we will have a general election on July 4.”

Mr. Sunak’s decision to call a snap election this summer is a significant political gamble, as the Conservatives are currently trailing the Labour Party by about 20 points in opinion polls.

Concluding his remarks, the PM said: “Over the next few weeks I will fight for every vote. 

“I will earn your trust and I will prove to you that only a Conservative Government led by me will not put our hard-earned economic stability at risk, can restore pride and confidence in our country and with a clear plan and bold action can deliver a secure future for you, your family and our United Kingdom.”

Downing Street has issued the following statement formally confirming the general election has been triggered: 

The Prime Minister has today asked His Majesty The King to proclaim the Dissolution of Parliament. His Majesty has been graciously pleased to signify that He will comply with this request.

Parliament will be prorogued on Friday 24 May. Dissolution will take place on Thursday 30 May. The General Election will take place on Thursday 4 July. The new Parliament will be summoned to meet on Tuesday 9 July, when the first business will be the election of the Speaker and the swearing-in of members, and the State Opening will be on Wednesday 17 July.

The following events will now take place:

  • Parliament prorogued on Friday 24 May
  • Dissolution to take place on Thursday 30 May
  • General Election on Thursday 4 July
  • The new Parliament will be summoned on Tuesday 9 July
  • State Opening on Wednesday 17 July

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