UK PM Sunak urges people to vote for Conservative Party, stop Labour supermajority

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Published at 01:16 PM Jul 05 2024
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak holds a speech during his visit to the Well Healthcare Supplies as he campaigns in the Midlands, in Stoke, Britain, July 1, 2024.
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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak holds a speech during his visit to the Well Healthcare Supplies as he campaigns in the Midlands, in Stoke, Britain, July 1, 2024.

AS polling began in the United Kingdom yesterday, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called on people to vote for the Conservative Party and stop the supermajority of the Labour Party, which he stressed would result in higher taxes for a generation.

Sunak (pictured) also shared a picture of himself with his wife Akshata Murty from outside a polling station. Taking to X, Sunak said, “The polls are open. Vote Conservative to stop the Labour supermajority which would mean higher taxes for a generation.”

Polling stations in the United Kingdom opened for voting today at 7 am (local time) in historic snap general elections in the country.

Voters in a total of 650 constituencies across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will cast their votes in the election. A party needs to win at least 326 out of 650 parliamentary seats and the leader of that party becomes the country’s PM.

The status of Britain’s public services, the cost of living, taxes, immigration, and the economy will remain major subjects, around which much of the debate during the campaigns has revolved, according to CNN.

The subject of the UK’s relationship with the European Union, which it left in 2020 following a referendum held four years earlier, has, however, been largely ignored in the discussion. In late May this year, Sunak called for a snap vote, which came as a surprise for many in his party.
It is under the leadership of Keir Starmer, that the opposition Labour party has recovered from its worst defeat since 1935 in the last general election. Since Boris Johnson easily won the most recent general election in 2019, Britain has had three prime ministers from the Conservative party.

However, a large portion of the nation and his party lost interest in Johnson, and in 2022, members of the Conservative party chose Liz Truss to succeed him as prime minister, making her the shortest-serving Prime Minister in British history, CNN reported.

Then, Sunak was chosen by Conservative Members of Parliament (MPs) to succeed her. One of the most well-known champions of Brexit, Nigel Farage, declared throughout the campaign that he would be rejoining the political scene to head the fledgling hard-right Reform UK party.

Predictions reveal that the vote will result in a Labour majority after more than a decade of Conservative rule under five leaders, including current PM Rishi Sunak and David Cameron, now serving as UK’s Foreign Secretary.

However, there is also an intensifying atmosphere of division as the hard-right party Reform, led by populist leader Nigel Farage, appears on track to improve on its performance in the 2019 elections, when it was known as the Brexit Party.

The past 15 years have seen the worst income growth in the UK for generations, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).In recent years, Britons have also been battling a cost-of-living crisis as prices surge and salaries stagnate. The Conservative and Labour parties have set out differing routes to fix the economy. (ANI)