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Sunak Cites Nuclear Threat and Defers Election Date in Pre-Campaign Blitz



Rishi Sunak cautions against the risk of 'nuclear escalation' and declines to schedule a general election

During an extensive address, the prime minister expressed that the world is on the brink of "a perilous nuclear escalation, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the Cuban missile crisis."

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Rishi Sunak has described the upcoming five years as "among the most perilous… our nation has ever faced," yet he declined to specify when the next general election will be held.

The Prime Minister expressed that the upcoming general election would present voters with a decision between "the future and the past." He remained "confident" that the Conservative Party could triumph over the Labour Party.

"I am the only one, it's just me, who possesses the innovative visions and the definitive strategy required to ensure the country's prosperity," he stated to Sky News after delivering a speech in London.

He declined to specify a date for the election, merely stating it would occur "sometime in the latter half of this year."

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During an extensive address that seemed to unofficially">kick off his campaign, Mr. Sunak aimed to establish himself as the prime candidate to steer through a perilous era, noting that the conflict in Ukraine has brought the world nearer to a severe nuclear confrontation than any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The Prime Minister asserted that Sir Keir Starmer is unfit to protect the nation, citing his previous endorsement of Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership of the Labour Party and Sir Keir's failure to pledge a rise in defense spending to 2.5% of GDP.

Mr. Sunak expressed his optimism about his party's chances in the upcoming general election, despite ongoing polls indicating that the Tories might face defeat.

He acknowledged that his party had made mistakes during their 14-year tenure but criticized the Labour Party for lacking substantive proposals on many issues.

"He said there are no strategies in place for our border, our energy security, or our economy."

Mr. Sunak accused Sir Keir of lacking principles, noting that he switched alliances from "supporting Jeremy Corbyn to Natalie Elphicke" – the Conservative MP who switched allegiance to Labour – "simply in a manipulative quest for power, regardless of the cost."

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He accused the Labour Party of lacking innovative proposals, behaving more like an advocacy group than a potential governing body.

When questioned about whether he thought the nation would be at greater risk with Starmer at the helm, and whether this was the start of a narrative warning, "be careful what you wish for; better the devil you know," Mr. Sunak responded succinctly, "Yes."

The Prime Minister stated that he is dependable when it comes to making tough choices regarding the economy and national security, and he pledged to position the UK at the forefront of artificial intelligence and technological innovation.

Addressing the topics of defense and technology, he stated, "I am deeply compelled by the urgency of now, as the forthcoming five years will bring more advancements than the past three decades have."

"I firmly believe that the upcoming years will be among the most perilous, but also the most transformative, that our nation has ever experienced."

Mr. Sunak stated that the UK must strategically and economically fortify itself, developing solid plans and enhancing national resilience.

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Sir Keir Starmer strongly countered Mr. Sunak's claims that the UK would face greater security risks with Labour in power.

"He claimed that a Labour government would not compromise our safety."

"A Labour administration has consistently recognized the significance of national security—a fact I am intimately familiar with from my time as Director of Public Prosecutions. My experiences there have profoundly shaped my commitment to our nation's security."

"However, to achieve this, you must have a believable strategy moving forward."

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"The situation has severely weakened our military capabilities. Billions of pounds have been squandered on procurement processes, and there is no viable strategy in place for moving forward.

"Our commitment runs deeper; we are a transformed Labour Party that prioritizes our nation and our members above all else."

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Sir Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, has urged Prime Minister Sunak to announce a general election.

He stated: "Families are frustrated with the Conservatives for neglecting our NHS, permitting water companies to discharge sewage into our rivers, and not assisting families during the cost of living crisis."

"This Tory administration is disconnected and overdue, and it's imperative that Rishi Sunak acts honorably by calling for a general election."

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