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Election campaign turns bitter as Sunak claims Labour would ‘take us back to square one’

8th Jan 24 1:31 pm

The Prime Minister has given an indication as to how bitter the general election campaign could turn out as Rishi Sunak has claimed under Labour the country will go “back to square one.”

The general election is expected to take place in the second half of the year and told voters in Accrington in Lancashire that Sir Keir Starmer “doesn’t have a plan” on immigration and welfare for the UK.

Sunak said, “The alternative is Keir Starmer, who would just take us back to square one.”

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“He has been Leader of the Opposition for four years now and in that time, he hasn’t said what he would do differently.

“That’s because he doesn’t have a plan. He just snipes from the sidelines instead.”

Sunak added on Monday, “You might have heard that later this year there’s going to be an election.

“Now the choice facing our country at that election is do we stick with the plan that is starting to deliver the long-term change that our country needs or do we go back to square one?

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“I want to deliver the peace of mind to all of you that will come from knowing that we are building a brighter future for your children and grandchildren. And I want to deliver a renewed sense of pride in our country.”

Criticising the Labour leader Sunak told voters, “He can’t tell you how he’s going to stop the boats because he doesn’t have a plan to do that.

“He can’t tell you how he’s going to control welfare because he doesn’t have a plan.

“He can’t tell you how he’s going to fund his £28 billion-a-year spending spree because he doesn’t have a plan to pay for it.”

Labour has pledged to invest £28 billion in green projects every year until 2030 , and the Conservative Party has taken aim at Sir Keir’s green pledge.

“It is absolutely clear to me that the Tories are trying to weaponise this issue, the £28 billion etcetera,” he told Sky News.

“This is a fight I want to have.”

On Sunday Sir Keir Starmer said that the “country is ready” for a general election and has accused the Prime Minister of putting “vanity before country.”

Sir Keir has said the country is drifting and he said that he wants a general election “as soon as possible.”

Speaking to Sky News’s Sunday Morning with Trevor Phillips programme, Sir Keir said, “I have to say, the Prime Minister is sort of almost taking himself out of this — the ‘working assumption’ is as if it is somebody else’s working assumption.

“If he [Sunak] had a plan, he would set the date and he should set the date because at the moment it is very hard to see how him continuing in Government improves the lives of anybody in the country, so there is drift.

“I can’t help feeling that all he really wants to do is to get two years clocked up of his own premiership, and that means he is putting vanity before country.

“And so my challenge to him would be: if you’ve got a plan, set the date.

“If you haven’t got a plan, just get on with it as quickly as possible.”

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