Rishi Sunak calls UK general election on July 4

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced a snap general election, choosing July 4 as the date for a vote his governing party Conservative are widely expected to lose to the opposition Labour Party after 14 years in power.

The PM ended the months long speculation as to when he would call a new poll, as Sunak stood outside his Downing Street office on Wednesday and announced he was calling elections early than some people  expected.

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During his address, he listed out the highlights from his time in government, including the introduction of the so- called furlough scheme that helped businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. “Now is the moment for Britain to choose its future,” said the 44- year- old.

Sunak will be heading into the election, while not only being far behind the Labour Party, but also is somewhat isolated from his own party. He is increasingly dependent on a small team of advisors to steer him through what seems to be an ugly campaign.