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Sunak accused of ‘squatting’ in Downing Street and ‘delaying’ the general election ‘to cling on to power’

by LLB political Reporter
4th Jan 24 3:37 pm

The Prime Minister has been accused of “squatting” in Downing Street and “dithering and delaying” the general election, by the Labour leader.

This comes after Rishi Sunak suggested on Thursday that his “working assumption” is that there will be a general election in the second half of the year.

The Liberal Democrats have claimed that Sunak has “bottled it” due to the desperate polling of the Conservatives, whilst Sir Keir Starmer accused the Prime Minister of “dithering and delaying” tactics.

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Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey accused Sunak of having “bottled it” as he is “running scared” of an early election.

“Squatter Sunak is holed up in Downing Street, desperately clinging on to power rather than facing the verdict of the British people,” he said.

In Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, the Prime Minister told broadcasters, “So my working assumption is we’ll have a general election in the second half of this year and, in the meantime, I’ve got lots that I want to get on with.”

The Labour leader said that he wants the Prime Minister to open the polls “as soon as possible.”

Sir Keir told Sky News, “We are ready for an election, I think the country is ready for election, people are crying out for change.

“If he’s not going to set a date, what’s he hiding from the public?

“This has serious implications for the country because he’s basically saying he’s going to be squatting for months and months in Downing Street, dithering and delaying.”

During a speech in Bristol Sir Keir told voters to hang on to the “flickering hope in your heart that things can be better” due to the “understandable despair of a downtrodden country.”

Sunak suggested that there could be further tax cuts, he told a group in Mansfield, he would “keep cutting people’s taxes.”

The Prime Minister added, “We want to do more because as we manage the economy responsibly, we can cut your taxes, give you and your family peace of mind, immediate relief from some of the challenges you’re facing and confidence that the future is going to be better for you and your children.

“That is going to be the single biggest difference between us and the Labour Party in the next election.”

The Prime Minister then blasted Sir Keir’s £28 billion a year green energy investment plans that will bring down bills and reduce the reliance on fuels coming in from overseas.

Sunak insists that this cannot be done “without putting up inflation, without putting up mortgage rates or without putting up all your taxes.”

He added, “We are going to keep talking about it because ultimately it’s going to impact everyone in this country and we’re going to cut their taxes and make sure everyone knows that if they ever get a lefty, your taxes are going up.”

However, the Labour leader said that “if the money is from borrowing, which it will be, borrowing to invest, that the fiscal rules don’t allow it, then we will borrow less.”

He added that “in principle I do want to see lower taxes on working people, I want people to have more money in their pocket.”

The Labour leader insisted the first lever that we will pull is the growth lever because in the end that’s the only way we’re going to get the money we need to fund our public services.”

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