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UK: Legislative elections to be held on July 4, Labor majority votes in favor

UK: Legislative elections to be held on July 4, Labor majority votes in favor

UK: Legislative elections to be held on July 4, Labor majority votes in favor

The suspense is over. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced on Wednesday that the next legislative election, which is heavily contested by the Labor opposition, will be held on July 4.

“Earlier today I spoke to His Majesty the King to demand the dissolution of Parliament. The King has granted this request and legislative elections will be held on July 4,” said the 44-year-old Conservative leader, speaking in the rain from the steps of 10 Downing Street. “July 5 Keir Starmer (leader of the Labor Party), or I will be prime minister,” he added, assuring that he “will fight for every vote.”

Rishi Sunak has so far limited himself to talking about elections “in the second half”. But facing disastrous opinion polls for the Tories, pressure has grown on the head of government to invite voters to the polls or at least make his intentions clear, although the vote could theoretically be held before January 2025. good news on the economic level – renewed economic growth and curbed inflation – would eventually persuade him to take the plunge.

“The Opportunity to Change”

After 14 years of Conservative rule, marked by the Brexit referendum and then five prime ministers in eight years, the British seem determined to turn the page and send Labour’s Keir Starmer, a 61-year-old former lawyer, to 10 Downing Street. The last one welcomed on Wednesday the “opportunity for change” for the population. “The time for change has come! ” said the Labor Party leader during his speech, adding: “A vote for the Labor Party is a vote for stability, economic and political.”

Polls show the centre-left Labor Party has around 45% of voting intentions, well ahead of the Conservatives, whose share is between 20% and 25%, and the anti-immigration, anti-climate Reform UK party (12%). ). Under a simple first-past-the-post voting system in the UK’s 650 constituencies, such results would have ensured a large majority in Labour’s favour.

For the Tories, whom Boris Johnson led to a historic victory in 2019, the forecast is disastrous. More than 60 Conservative MPs out of 344 have already withdrawn from the election, including party heavyweights. Even in Scotland, the separatists, who have been powerful in recent years, are now trailing Labor in the polls.

Source: Le Parisien

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