PM Rishi Sunak calls General Election for July 4th

General Election 2024 / Wed 22nd May 2024 at 04:22pm

THE PRIME Minister Rishi Sunak has announced a General Election on July 4th.

He made the announcement from outside Downing Street this afternoon.

The Conservatives hold the constituency of Harlow with a majority of 14,063.

Harlow MP Robert Halfon is standing down and will not be seeking re-election.

YH understands that a Conservative candidate will be selected by the end of May. It may coincide with parliament being dissolved next Thursday May 30th.

As it stands, the candidates are:

Conservative: To be announced

Labour: Chris Vince

Lib Dem: Riad Mannan

Green: Yasmin Gregory

Reform: Malcolm Featherstone

We hope to get responses from the candidates as soon as possible.

Close of nominations in the 2024 general election is 4pm on Friday 7 June, 19 full working days before official polling day. So the political parties now have a full fortnight to pick and nominate their candidates, then get the signatures and submit the forms.


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33 Comments for PM Rishi Sunak calls General Election for July 4th:

2024-05-22 16:50:54

Well 1997 to 2010 under labour and 2010 - present under conservative. Life has got harder the UK has declined considerably. Our politicians have got richer (look at Blair, Cameron and Clegg). House prices shot up, pensions down, services collapsing, we have had dodgy wars, dodgy pandemics, the youth have limited future, prisons are full and you are murdered on the streets for wanting your kids to be able to play in a play ground. Anyone who votes for labour or conservative is a utter idiot.

2024-05-22 16:55:35

"Things can only get better", fab! I can't wait, roll on 4th. Anything to get this corrupt liars out, they need to go away and sort their party out and get much much better candidates. Can we be like Wales too? To make ban politicians deliberately lying. What a refreshing idea!

2024-05-22 17:05:22

Trace you are deluded - Labour lied about an entire war (iraq) changing parties will make no difference. In 1997 there was money, since 2008 there has been none you are going to be very disappointed. Government is not your saviour

Brian Aston
2024-05-22 17:11:41

I think we should all wait to see what Mr Starmer and Mr Vince have to say. What their plans are, both for the country and locally what Mr Vince will do as an MP to put Harlow on the map and represent the town

Ross Young
2024-05-22 17:16:32

Adam - Are you suggesting that we follow you and vote Liberal Democrat? - or Green!!! ---- Not quite in the same league as voting for those Galloway or Farage fruitloops, but a bit of a wasted vote in these parts.

2024-05-22 17:27:11

Ross - I will not be voting as it appears I am out of the country then, we need a none of the above box. My prediction is hung parliament with record low turn out.

2024-05-22 17:32:22

Adam - please do not presume anything about me, insult me or try to push your odd way of thinking on me, thanks!

2024-05-22 18:02:45

Adam, since you are here telling everyone they are wrong. What do you suggest?

2024-05-22 18:19:31

Reg - Take a look at what government of both parties have done in living memory. Iraq War (Labour), Libya (Collation), Blood scandal (30 years at least, Labour and Cons), Post Office Scandal (All parties knew) Pandemic (all parties). I am sorry I refuse to continue to vote or partake in a system which is corrupt and broken to the absolute core. But vote labour, nothing will change the managed decline will continue your kids and grandkids will have worse life outcomes than we did.

2024-05-22 18:23:54

Trace - Apologies no insult was intended - I am just not sure you will see much change, but I hope you do

2024-05-22 18:46:23

After 5 Years Of Liebour the Conservatives will swoop back in to save the Country that will be bankrupt from the Liebour money tree.....to many Scroungers now that get everything for free and will be worse after this election.... The Cost of Living Crisis is caused by people that never seem to pay there way all their lives.... That's the real reason everything goes up all the time the hard working paying through the nose whilst the work shy get everything for free.

2024-05-22 18:56:13

I don't believe this election story is true. I think this is false news from the [insert tin foil hat nonsense here/alien overlords/deep state/Liz Truss left-wing infiltration bollox]. The only way I will believe this is true is when RichI drives a big red bus, promising to give the NHS £350M a week if they are re-elected. As everyone knows, if it is on the side of a bus, it must be true.

Mark Guff
2024-05-22 19:21:57

This is Great News!! 8-) Since I read that a certain political party whose top people are convicted criminals with armfuls of convictions, even serial jailbirds, and whose lead candidate considered raping women to be a subject for jokes - and got backed up by their Harlow representative, disgraceful - had their same representative make the claim they had support from 11,000 people in Harlow alone*, we can confidently expect them to be fielding a candidate here on July 4th! 8-D * All but a handful of those 11,000 claimed backers must have been having a Bad Hair Day on May 2nd for the locals. 8-D 8-D

David Forman
2024-05-22 20:11:36

I'm pleased to see the 'tin foil hat' reference has gained some traction!

2024-05-22 22:16:36

Jnewans, well, all I have to say is that the Tories have left us with more debt now than Labour ever did. What do we have to show for it? Nothing, everything is broken, where has our money gone? Adam, It is going to take many years to undo the damage that has been done to this country, nothing will be done very fast. I am hopeful tho, and to be honest, I think the Tories need to go away, rethink and throw away the greedy, corrupt, cruel, liars and well, basically stupid members of parliament they have and get some talent in. I don't think they will be forgiven for the mess that is the UK for some time. Is Labour the ans? Probably not, but I need the NHS, historically they have done a better job at point of use for us normal folk. So I will take my chances because everyone needs access to good health care to work, to live, to enjoy life instead of hoping that we or loved ones don't need an ambulance or a hospital in the current climate.

2024-05-22 22:25:18

Trace - "greedy, corrupt, cruel, liars and well, basically stupid members of parliament they have and get some talent in." I think on this we can agree though I think we need it in all parties. We need real people, who have had a mix of real world experience and who can work together for the good of all (even putting aside occasional differences). What we have in all parties is people who are groomed for office, they work in politics and no real experience outside of the political bubble. Where are the Drs, Nurses, Scientists, Small business people etc going into politics. Look at Harlow politicians they snipe at each other like kids

2024-05-22 22:37:21

Adam, they do, but that mentality comes from the top, it's not just local. I've seen Harlow council meetings online and it's childish at times and about point scoring (much like parliament) - don't care about point scoring, just want the country to be run well - and for every single party that is voted in charge to remember they work FOR us, they've been elected by us with hope and expectations. It would be nice to have promises and pledges fulfilled or at least a grown up explanation and apology as to why not.

David Forman
2024-05-22 22:41:54

Former Labour luvvies Owen Jones' latest video has a clip from Sky News presenters Beth Rugby and Sophie Ridge debating that Rishi Sunak jumped before he was pushed. See Jones video at https://youtu.be/vXkbGIJDtfU?si=IBLXMhwBeBrInmDW

2024-05-22 22:48:28

Surprised no one has mentioned our Prime Minister standing in pouring rain in a suit outside No 10 earlier. The Sun's wally in a brolly comment came to mind except there wasn't a brolly this time. Someone badly ballsed up. I was embarrassed to see "soaking sunak" looking like "drowned rat rishi" rather than our senior statesman

2024-05-23 06:50:13

The Tories will take an absolute beating at the election and deservedly so, hopefully they use the time in opposition to get back to true conservatism, Low taxation, tough on crime, tough on immigration, low state involvement, one thing is certain, Starmer & Rayner are not the answer!

2024-05-23 08:39:53

The lack of an umbrella struck me as a tactical move. Hunting sympathy , look at me I'm just a normal bloke, we're all in this together. There's no way this was an oversight

Guy Flegman
2024-05-23 10:15:27

No surprise with the election date. Guarantee a low turn out if you pick a date in summer. It seems they think a low turnout is to their advantage. They do not even seem to care about exposing the illusion of democracy anymore and the danger this presents to our way of life.

Riad Mannan
2024-05-23 10:34:04

Unfortunately, swapping a Tory MP for a Labour one won't be good enough. This Conservative government has presided over a low growth economy, years of austerity, chaotic governance, crippling NHS and social care, high energy and water bills and destroying the environment with raw sewage. The Labour party, after 14 years of opposition, can only muster a tory-light version of itself and is so scared of its own shadow, that it can’t offer any radical solutions. This campaign will provide an opportunity for voters in Harlow to take a different path. As the Liberal Democrat candidate, I intend to outline positive practical polices and ensure that the voters have a third option on the ballot paper.

2024-05-23 12:33:42

Unions need a certain percentage of their members to vote for a motion to be carried thanks to anti union legislation.Either apply the same rationale to general elections or repeal this piece of legislation.Its only fair that general elections operate under the same rules.If only 30 % of the population turn out to vote then the election would be classed as null and void under the same rules .Though its hardly surprising to witness low turnouts given the incompetence and downright corruption of politicians on both sides of the house.

2024-05-23 12:54:03

Why don't the lib dems, greens and alliance form a single party to create true competition. At the moment the non labour and tory vote is so split among parties that stand no chance by themselves there is no real alternative. Their values seem largely aligned, surely they would make sense ?

View from Afar
2024-05-23 14:50:15

You can’t even trust the local Tories to give people answers https://www.yourharlow.com/2024/05/04/tory-leader-hopes-for-decision-over-suspended-councillor-james-leppard-within-days/?_gl=1*18o2ge4*_ga*MTU2NzEzMjY3NC4xNzE2MzgwNzE0*_ga_VG46TH43S2*MTcxNjQ3NTM3OC40LjEuMTcxNjQ3NTY1OS4wLjAuMA..

2024-05-23 14:51:59

Adam, instead of ducking the issues by saying that you will be out of the country on 4th July, register for a postal vote! Better still why not register to stand as an MP, or are you just a windbag who won't take responsibility for anything?

Broken System
2024-05-23 15:50:41

I'll say it as it is... Anyone who says voting anyone except Cons and Labs is an idiot. You are partly the reason this country is a mess. This isn't the US of A. We do not have a 2 party system. If you generally believe 1 of the 2 parties that ran the country into the ground are the best future for us then you are an IDIOT.

Broken System
2024-05-23 15:52:13

The only waisted vote is the one not casted!

2024-05-23 16:26:36

Adam. Where did you get the idea pensions are down , mine rose 10.1 % in 2023 and over 8% 2024. Get your facts right

Mark Gough
2024-05-23 21:15:46

There will be a UKIP candidate too. TBC as things currently stand. Mark Gough -Leader Harlow UKIP

Martin Harvey
2024-05-25 12:10:53

UKIP is selecting its candidate from a short-list of three; announcement due next week, Martin Harvey, Harlow Branch chairman.

Broken System
2024-05-25 12:26:39

UKIP or Reform Mark Gough? You change parties more than underwear...

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