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Labour frontbencher suggests that a May general election could be on the cards

by LLB political Reporter
28th Dec 23 1:12 pm

According to Emily Thornberry the date of the Spring Budget confirms what most MPs have been thinking that the UK could be set for an early general election.

The Labour frontbencher told Sky News that the May general election is the “worst kept secret in Parliament.”

On Wednesday the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said the government will hold a Spring Budget on 6 March, this fuelled speculation that the general election will be held earlier than autumn.

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Thornberry was asked if the Spring Budget signals an early general election, the Labour frontbencher said, “Yeah, it’s the worst kept secret in parliament that we are likely to be heading for a May election and this budget date seems to confirm that.”

Thornberry said that the UK is now ready for a general election, “The whole country’s response is bring it on, the country is desperate for a general election.”

The government has hinted that they could axe inheritance tax, but Thornberry said she will now enter into discussing this as Hunt’s briefings could be to “set a trap for Labour.”

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She added, “There was a time governments governed and made the right decisions for the sake of the country, and their first response was not what’s best for the Tory party, what red meat can we give our backbenchers to stop them rebelling, what can we do to embarrass the Labour Party.

“It’s about time we had a government that was prepared to govern.”

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