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Sunak Signals Uncertain Future for Tories, Predicts Hung Parliament in Wake of Local Election Setbacks



Rishi Sunak acknowledges the possibility of a Conservative defeat in the upcoming general election and suggests that the UK might see a hung parliament. He referenced a Sky News analysis by electoral specialist Professor Michael Thrasher, based on local election outcomes, which indicated that Labour could emerge as the biggest party in a hung parliament.

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Monday, May 6, 2024, 8:

Rishi Sunak has acknowledged that the Conservative Party might face defeat in the upcoming general election following significant losses in the local elections.

The prime minister indicated that the UK might be heading toward a hung parliament and asserted that voters would be displeased with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer being supported in Downing Street by the SNP or other minor parties.

In a discussion with The Times, Mr. Sunak referred to a Sky News examination of local election outcomes conducted by electoral specialist Professor Michael Thrasher. The analysis indicated that Labour might emerge as the majority party in a coalition government.

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"According to Mr. Sunak, the outcomes indicate a likely scenario of a hung parliament where Labour emerges as the dominant party," he informed the newspaper.

A government led by Keir Starmer with the support of the SNP, Liberal Democrats, and the Greens in Downing Street could spell trouble for Britain.

"The nation requires decisive measures, not further political maneuvering. Our party stands alone in having a clear strategy to address the public's main concerns."

In light of recent local election outcomes, Conservative dissenters have urged the prime minister to alter his political strategy.

Explore further: Key takeaways from the local election resultsVisual insights: Graphs illustrate the decline of the Conservative PartyIn-depth analysis: The ambiguous path ahead for Labour

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Sunak encouraged to steer party to the right

Ex-home secretary Suella Braverman advised him to steer the party further to the right to regain voter support.

She informed the BBC that the idea of changing leaders was not a "feasible prospect," also stating, "There is no superman or superwoman out there who can do it."

Ms. Braverman has pressed the prime minister to implement a series of actions aimed at regaining voter support, such as additional tax reductions and setting limits on legal immigration.

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Conservatives ready to battle, declares minister

Transport Secretary Mark Harper affirmed that despite the poor outcomes in local elections, both Mr. Sunak and the Conservative Party are fully prepared for the challenge of a general election.

During an interview on Sky News' Sunday Morning With Trevor Phillips, the minister emphasized: "It's vital that everyone supports the prime minister at this point. The government's current priorities are the economy and addressing migration issues. We need to actively promote these priorities across the nation as we approach the general election."

Health Minister Maria Caulfield spoke to Sky News on Monday, describing the outcomes as "very disappointing." She noted that in the Blackpool South by-election, individuals who previously voted for the Conservatives in 2019 did not turn out to vote this time, rather than switching their allegiance to Labour or Reform; they simply did not vote.

"She indicated that this demonstrates voters haven't been swayed by alternative parties," adding that people simply want to witness the government fulfilling its commitments.

"We are beginning to see progress in this area. Therefore, by the time the election arrives, individuals should not only be aware of these changes conceptually, but should also experience them firsthand."

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In the local elections held across 107 councils in England on May 2, the Labour Party secured 1,158 seats,">king a gain of 232 seats from previous tallies.

The Liberal Democrats secured 552 seats, an increase of almost 100, whereas the Conservatives took third place with 515 seats, a decrease of close to 500.

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