Home » UK elections set to be held on July 4: Here are key parties in fray | World News – The Indian Express

UK elections set to be held on July 4: Here are key parties in fray | World News – The Indian Express

With elections in the United Kingdom scheduled next month, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is leading the Conservative Party from the front against his key rival Keir Starmer from the Labour Party.

Sunak has pledged to “fight for every vote” as he announced an early UK general election on July 4, during a rain-soaked speech outside 10 Downing Street. He aims to secure a fifth term for the Conservatives.

Parliament will be suspended on Friday, and formally shut down next Thursday, leaving only two days to pass any remaining legislation, resulting in some government measures being abandoned.

The upcoming election will mainly be a contest between Sunak and Starmer, though other parties could be crucial if no single party wins an outright majority. The BBC reported that the unexpected decision to hold the election in July, instead of the anticipated autumn, might affect the Conservatives’ chances of narrowing Labour’s lead. October or November had been considered more probable for the election timing.

Starmer stated it was ‘time for change’ from ‘Tory chaos,’ with Labour showing significant leads in national polls and asserting that their campaign is fully prepared.

Apart from Conservative Party and Labour Party, here are the other key parties in fray

📌 The Scottish National Party continues to uphold a powerful presence in Scotland, advocating for independence.

📌 The Liberal Democrats promote their centrist policies.

📌 The Democratic Unionist Party concentrates on maintaining Northern Ireland’s union with Britain.

📌 A new entrant in the political scene is the Reform Party, established by former Conservative members. Many believe this party could draw votes from the Conservatives, possibly affecting the overall election outcome.

Given these dynamics, the election promises to be highly competitive, with forming a coalition likely necessary if no party secures a clear majority.

In the 2019 election, Boris Johnson won an 80-seat majority amid efforts to pass his Brexit deal, leading to a turbulent period with his resignation during the Covid pandemic. This was followed by Liz Truss’s 49-day tenure marked by a failed ‘mini Budget’, and now the first general election since 2015, not requiring parliamentary approval for its date due to repealed fixed-term legislation, as reported by the BBC.

— With inputs from agencies