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Rishi Sunak: Now is “not the time” for UK general election

Rishi Sunak states it is not the best time to hold a general election in the UK as he is preparing to present his vision for the country in a conference speech on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Sunak began a series of interviews in Manchester amid ongoing questions about the fate of the northern section of the HS2 rail programme.

Speaking to Sky News, he insisted that the British public did not want early election amid questions about his personal mandate to make key decisions on issues such as the landmark railway project and net zero.

That’s not what the country wants. I go out (and) about every day. That’s not what anybody wants. What people want is politicians making a difference to their lives.

He also indicated in the interview that he was not afraid of the election.

“I’m just getting on and delivering for people. You can see that with net zero, you can see it with the number of boat crossings down this year by a fifth. You can see it with our progress on bringing inflation down, helping people. You can see it with a long-term workforce plan, hiring doctors and nurses for the future. These are all things that are going to change our country for the better.”

The UK general election will be held next year, with the poll due to be held by the end of January 2025.


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