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British PM Rishi Sunak to contest UK elections on July 4, aiming for a second term. Conservatives lag behind Labour in polls, facing challenges in gaining popular consensus.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks at the launch of the Conservative Party's manifesto, in Northamptonshire, Britain (REUTERS)Premium
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks at the launch of the Conservative Party's manifesto, in Northamptonshire, Britain (REUTERS)

UK Elections 2024: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is set to contest the elections on July 4, hoping to bring the Conservative Party back to power and thereby secure a second term as PM. However, the Conservative party seems to be losing popular consensus regarding the snap elections ordered by PM Rishi Sunak himself.

According to reports, Conservatives are around 20 points behind the opposition Labour Party in the polls. 

"I'm not blind to the fact that people are frustrated with our party and frustrated with me," said Indian-origin British PM Rishi Sunak at the launch of the Conservatives' manifesto, setting out its future policy pledges.

"Despite facing challenges and occasional missteps, we stand as the sole party in this election equipped with visionary plans to enhance our nation's quality of life," remarked Rishi Sunak.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is due to unveil his Conservative party manifesto on Tuesday, promising voters "financial security" ahead of the general election as the Tories lag far behind Labour in polls.

"We Conservatives have a plan to give you financial security," he will say, according to extracts of his speech released in advance.

"We will enable working people to keep more of the money you earn because you have earned it and have the right to choose what to spend it on," the speech added.

Polls predict Sunak will lead the Conservatives to a shuddering defeat to the main opposition Labour party in the July 4 election.

His campaign has faced an uphill battle in recent days, including criticism of his early departure from D-Day commemoration events.

The Tories have promised further tax cuts since the start of the campaign and accused Labour, led by Keir Starmer, of wanting to increase the tax burden on households.

"We know what socialists always do: take more of your money," Sunak is due to say on Tuesday.

Last week he was accused of lying during his televised debate with Starmer, during which Sunak used disputed figures to claim that Labour was planning to raise taxes.

With less than three weeks to go before the election, the polls still give Labour a lead of around 20 points over the Conservatives, with the anti-immigration Reform UK party, led by Nigel Farage, in third place.

The Conservatives, who have been in power for 14 years, are bearing the brunt of the difficulties caused by Brexit, the scandals of former prime minister Boris Johnson's government, and a cost-of-living crisis that has hit British people since 2022.

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Published: 11 Jun 2024, 05:24 PM IST
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