Word ‘swirling’ around Parliament points to a May election, claims Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth


LABOUR’S Jonathan Ashworth has claimed that speculation “swirling” around Parliament is that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is planning for a General Election in May.

The party’s Shadow Paymaster General told GB News: “After 14 years of the Conservatives, people are paying more in tax. They’re paying more on their mortgage. They’re paying more in the shops. Wages have been squeezed.

“What are people are getting in return is precious little, the NHS is on his knees with record waiting lists. Everyone’s waiting longer for treatment. You can’t get to see a GP, crime goes unsolved. Our criminal justice system makes a snail look fast.

“Our children are in schools often with roofs falling in. It’s why I think now after 14 years of the Conservatives, it really is time for change. But I think that opportunity for change is coming, because I think there’s going to be a May general election. There’s lots of gossip swirling around in this place about a May General Election.”

In a discussion during Breakfast with Eamonn Holmes and Isabel Webster, he continued: “My demand to Rishi Sunak is name the date, give people certainty, because if businesses want to invest in the UK economy, they need that certainty.

“So, name the date, everyone thinks there’s going to be a May election. Give us the date and let’s give the British people the opportunity for the change that they need.”

He added: “We’re going to introduce welfare reforms to get young people back to work. Work transforms people’s horizons….the Conservatives are not doing anything. They’re relaxed about all these young people not in education or employment or training. We’re going to do something about it.

“I think there are fundamental differences and I think when the election comes in May – Rishi Sunak should name that date. I think people will see that there are differences, and they’ll say it’s time for change.”

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