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Rishi Sunak announces UK general election

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Rishi Sunak has announced a general election for July 4 in a statement outside Downing Street.

In a contest that will see Keir Starmer try to take power for Labour after 14 years of Conservative-led government.

The Conservative party trails 20 points behind Labour in the polls.

Sunak finally decided to name the date after claiming inflation was back under control and the economy was improving, saying it was “the moment for Britain to choose its future”.

Stroud Labour Party parliamentary candidate Simon Opher welcomed the news, he said: “I’m delighted that the Prime Minister has finally called an election. It gives hope to everyone who has suffered at the hands of this incompetent government – we can begin to make things better. Someone messaged me earlier today to ‘please please get elected’. I’ll do my best.”

Pete Kennedy is the Green Party parliamentary candidate for Stroud said:

Pete Kennedy, Green Party parliamentary candidate for Stroud, said: “There has been a huge political shift across Stroud in recent years, and I’m campaigning to be Stroud’s Green voice in Parliament.

“Just three weeks ago, the Green Party won the most votes in the Stroud District Council election and became the largest party on the Council. People have seen that they don’t just have to choose between Labour or Conservative – and that voting Green will make a difference.”

Conservative Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie ousted Labour’s David Drew back in 2019. She secured a 3,840 majority, with Green candidate Molly Scott Cato coming in third position.

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