20.7 C
New York
Sunday, June 16, 2024
HomeUK NewsSunak rules out election in May

Sunak rules out election in May

Date:

Related stories

Rishi Sunak reflects on choosing education over luxuries in his youth

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recently opened up about his...

More ethnic minority MPs anticipated in upcoming UK Parliament: Study

A significant rise in the number of ethnic minority...

British TV presenter Michael Mosley found dead on Greek island

British television presenter and health expert Michael Mosley was...

Legal challenge launched against new family visa income threshold

Reunite Families UK (RFUK) has commenced a judicial review...

Labour vows to deliver on commitments, accuses Tories of distraction tactics

Jonathan Reynolds, Labour's shadow secretary of state for business...

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Thursday ruled out calling an election on May 2, hinting the country was on course for a late 2024 ballot.

Mounting speculation at the Westminster had suggested Sunak could call the general election on the same day as local polls in early May.

However, Sunak told ITV News “there won’t be an election on that day”.

The premier could wait until January 2025 to go to the country but has previously said that 2024 would be an election year.

Asked earlier on Thursday about the date of the election, Sunak told reporters: “I said at the start of this year, my working assumption was we’d have an election in the second half of this year.

- Advertisement -

“And nothing has changed since I said that.”

Since October 2022, his Conservative Party has trailed badly in polls to the main opposition Labour Party led by Keir Starmer.

Pollsters have predicted a thumping defeat for the Conservatives inflicted by voters fed up with a cost of living crisis and a struggling economy.

A total of 64 Conservatives and former Conservatives have announced they will not fight their seats — the largest number of Tories to retire from parliament since Labour’s landslide win under Tony Blair in 1997. (AFP)

Subscribe

- Never miss a story with notifications

- Gain full access to our premium content

- Browse free from up to 5 devices at once

Latest stories