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British PM Rishi Sunak calls snap general election for July 4

Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, from the Conservative Party, has called a surprise general election for July 4.

Legally, a vote did not need to be held until late January next year.

Mr Sunak’s Conservatives, which have been in government since 2010, have trailed the opposition Labour Party in every opinion poll published since January 2022.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the country was ready for change.(Reuters: Toby Melville)

“Over the next few weeks I will fight for every vote, I will earn your trust, and I will prove to you that only 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 we will deliver secure future for you, your family and our United Kingdom,” the PM said outside his official London residence, 10 Downing Street, just after 5pm local time on Wednesday.

As he spoke, rain tumbled down and protesters played D:Ream’s 1993 hit “Things Can Only Get Better” on loudspeakers.

Since they’ve been in power, the Conservatives — colloquially known as the Tories — have churned through five prime ministers: David Cameron, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Mr Sunak.

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