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Labour Urges Prime Minister Sunak to Call General Election Amid Conservative Losses

London, May 04, 2024, The Europe Today: In the aftermath of heavy losses suffered by the governing Conservative Party in local elections across England, Britain’s Labour Party has issued a resounding call for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to initiate a general election, citing a mandate for change.

The Tories encountered significant setbacks, relinquishing approximately half of the seats they contested, while Labour secured victories in councils that had eluded the party for decades, along with regional mayorships and a parliamentary seat in the special election for Blackpool South.

Labour leader Keir Starmer, speaking from Blackpool, underscored the electorate’s discontent with the Conservative government, directing a message to Prime Minister Sunak: “We are fed up with your decline, your chaos, and your division, and we want change.”

However, Prime Minister Sunak remains defiant in the face of calls for a general election, asserting his party’s resilience and popularity among voters. He maintains the authority to determine the election date, with the deadline set for January 28 next year at the latest.

Sunak’s resolve was evident as Conservative Ben Houchen secured re-election as the mayor of Tees Valley, prompting him to declare confidence in the party’s prospects in a forthcoming general election.

Amidst the political turbulence, the Conservative Party acknowledged the challenges encountered during the local elections, with chairman Richard Holden acknowledging it as “a tough night.”

National polls suggest a significant lead for Labour over the Conservatives in terms of general election preferences, with initial tallies indicating a potential 20-point margin. However, projections suggest Labour may fall short of an overall majority, with Sky News projecting them as the largest party.

As election results continue to unfold, all eyes are on the mayoral contest in London, where Labour’s Sadiq Khan seeks re-election. Meanwhile, other parties, including the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, and Reform UK, have also made gains.

Despite speculation, there appears to be no imminent moves within the Conservative Party to replace Sunak as leader, dampening prospects for a leadership change ahead of a potential election campaign.

Sunak has previously hinted at a general election in the “second half of 2024,” signaling a continuation of political uncertainty and intrigue in the months ahead.