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UK general election holds July 4

A United Kingdom general election is to be held on July 4, British media reported on Wednesday quoting sources, as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak met with his top ministers.

Political editors at the BBC, ITV, Sky News and The Guardian all said Sunak would name the date in a Downing Street statement after the cabinet meeting.

The poll will be the first time Sunak, 44, faces the public while in charge after he was appointed leader of the largest party in parliament in an internal Conservative vote in October 2022.

The vote — the third since the Brexit referendum in 2016 — comes as Sunak seeks to capitalise on better economic data to woo voters hit by cost-of-living rises.

Halving inflation within a year from historic highs of above 11 per cent at the end of 2022 was one of the former financier’s five key pledges.

That happened last year and on Wednesday rates slowed to a near three-year low at 2.3 per cent in March, prompting Finance Minister Jeremy Hunt to declare: “This is proof that the plan is working.”

Political commentators have increasingly suggested that Sunak, trailing badly in the polls to the main opposition Labour Party, could try to seek a bounce from the healthier outlook.

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