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Sunak Cites Nuclear Threat and Election Uncertainty in Pre-Campaign Speech Amid Calls for General Election Date



Rishi Sunak highlights the risk of 'nuclear escalation' – while declining to confirm a date for the general election

During an extensive address, the Prime Minister indicates that the globe is "nearer to a perilous nuclear escalation than it has been 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 a general election will be held.

The Prime Minister stated that the upcoming general election would present voters with a decision between "the future and the past." He expressed his confidence in the Conservative Party's ability to overcome the Labour Party.

"I am the only one, it's just me, who possesses the daring concepts and the definitive strategy that will ensure a stable future for our nation," he stated to Sky News after delivering an address in London.

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

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During an extensive address that seemed to subtly">kickstart his campaign, Mr. Sunak aimed to establish himself as the prime candidate to steer through perilous times, noting that the conflict in Ukraine brought the world to the brink of a severe nuclear crisis, the likes of which haven't been seen since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The Prime Minister argued that Sir Keir Starmer was not capable of ensuring the nation’s security, citing his previous">king of Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership of the Labour Party and noting that Sir Keir had not pledged to raise 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 a likely defeat for the Tories.

He conceded that "we haven't got everything right" during the 14 years his party has governed, yet he criticized the Labour Party for having "almost nothing to say" on many issues.

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

Mr. Sunak accused Sir Keir of also lacking principles, highlighting his shift from supporting Jeremy Corbyn to welcoming Natalie Elphicke, the Conservative MP who switched allegiance to Labour, as part of a ruthless quest for power at any cost.

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He accused Labour of lacking ideas and behaving more like an activist group than a potential government.

When questioned about whether he thought the nation would be at greater risk with Starmer at the helm, and if this was essentially a warning to think twice, implying it's better to stick with what's familiar, Mr. Sunak responded, "In a word, yes."

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

Addressing issues of defense and technology, he emphasized, "I am deeply aware of the urgency as the upcoming five years will bring about more changes than the past three decades have seen."

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

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

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

"He asserted that our safety would not be compromised under a Labour government."

"Throughout its history, the Labour Party has recognized the significance of national security, a concept I am intimately familiar with from my time as Director of Public Prosecutions. This firsthand experience has driven my strong commitment to our nation's security."

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

"This administration frequently discusses the importance of national security. However, what does their track record actually show?"

"It has depleted our military resources. It has squandered billions of pounds on acquisitions and lacks a viable strategy moving forward.

"Our approach is far more earnest now. This is due to the fact that we are a transformed Labour Party, prioritizing our nation and our members above all else."

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Sir Ed Davey, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, urged Mr. Sunak to initiate 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 households during the cost of living crisis."

"This Tory administration is disconnected and overdue, and Rishi Sunak needs to act appropriately by calling for a general election."

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