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No rain on his parade: Rishi Sunak lays down the gauntlet by difficult Labour’s Keir Starmer to SIX TV debates – as PM laughs off sodden common election launch by posing with a brolley

No rain on his parade: Rishi Sunak lays down the gauntlet by difficult Labour’s Keir Starmer to SIX TV debates – as PM laughs off sodden common election launch by posing with a brolley


Rishi Sunak at this time laid down the gauntlet to Sir Keir Starmer by difficult the Labour chief to 6 TV debates through the common election marketing campaign.

The Prime Minister has let or not it’s identified he’s prepared to face-off towards Sir Keir each week through the six-week battle forward of polling day on 4 July.

The problem to the Labour chief was issued as each most important social gathering leaders engaged in a blitz of marketing campaign occasions on the primary full day for the reason that election date was confirmed.

Mr Sunak visited Derbyshire this morning the place he posed with an umbrella following his rain-sodden deal with in Downing Avenue yesterday afternoon.

As he shocked Westminster by saying he was sending the nation to the polls a lot sooner than most anticipated, the PM turned visibly drenched by the grim London climate as he spoke outdoors No10.

At this time, alongside an image of himself being handed an umbrella by Erewash MP Maggie Throup, Mr Sunak posted on social media: ‘Higher late than by no means.’

Rishi Sunak visited Derbyshire this morning where he was posed with an umbrella following his rain-sodden address in Downing Street yesterday afternoon

Rishi Sunak visited Derbyshire this morning the place he was posed with an umbrella following his rain-sodden deal with in Downing Avenue yesterday afternoon

The PM laid down the gauntlet to Sir Keir Starmer by challenging the Labour leader to six TV debates during the general election campaign

The PM laid down the gauntlet to Sir Keir Starmer by challenging the Labour leader to six TV debates during the general election campaign

The PM laid down the gauntlet to Sir Keir Starmer by difficult the Labour chief to 6 TV debates through the common election marketing campaign

Alongside a picture of himself being handed an umbrella by Erewash MP Maggie Throup, Mr Sunak posted on social media: 'Better late than never'

Alongside a picture of himself being handed an umbrella by Erewash MP Maggie Throup, Mr Sunak posted on social media: 'Better late than never'

Alongside an image of himself being handed an umbrella by Erewash MP Maggie Throup, Mr Sunak posted on social media: ‘Higher late than by no means’

If Mr Sunak and Sir Keir have been to interact in six TV debates through the election marketing campaign, that may be greater than any PM has agreed to since TV debates have been first launched earlier than the 2010 common election.

A supply near Mr Sunak informed The Telegraph: ‘Rishi Sunak is up for debating Keir Starmer as many occasions as he likes.

‘And if Starmer would not need to do it, what’s he hiding? If he has all these nice plans, why would not he come out and say what he needs to do?’

Requested what number of debates Mr Sunak can be prepared to have with Sir Keir, the supply added: ‘We’ll do as many as we will get. We’ll do one each week if he needs.’

The Labour chief has beforehand dismissed claims he would ‘duck’ TV debates as his social gathering enjoys an enormous ballot lead over the Tories.

He stated in January: ‘Look, I have been saying ‘convey it on’ for a really, very very long time. I am completely satisfied to debate any time.’

After answering questions from employees at William West Distribution in Ilkeston, Debyshire, Mr Sunak is making a marketing campaign cease in South Wales earlier than heading as much as Scotland later at this time.

The PM obtained an enormous increase on the primary day of election campaigning as Nigel Farage dramatically killed off hopes of a political comeback.

The Brexit champion insisted he needs to give attention to backing Donald Trump’s marketing campaign within the US, as he introduced he won’t be a parliamentary candidate for Reform UK.

The bombshell can be an enormous reduction for Mr Sunak, after months of uncertainty about Mr Farage’s intentions.

In the meantime, there was another optimistic information for the PM with indicators immigration is lastly dipping.

Official figures confirmed a ten per cent drop in web long-term inflows final yr – though the extent was nonetheless an eye-watering 685,000, larger than the inhabitants of Sheffield.

The earlier file for 2022 was additionally revised upwards to 764,000.

Ministers argue that reforms tightening guidelines on dependents and college students have solely simply taken impact.

After answering questions from workers at William West Distribution in Ilkeston, Debyshire, Mr Sunak is making a campaign stop in South Wales before heading up to Scotland later today

After answering questions from workers at William West Distribution in Ilkeston, Debyshire, Mr Sunak is making a campaign stop in South Wales before heading up to Scotland later today

After answering questions from employees at William West Distribution in Ilkeston, Debyshire, Mr Sunak is making a marketing campaign cease in South Wales earlier than heading as much as Scotland later at this time 

The PM received a huge boost on the first day of election campaigning as Nigel Farage dramatically killed off hopes of a political comeback

The PM received a huge boost on the first day of election campaigning as Nigel Farage dramatically killed off hopes of a political comeback

The PM obtained an enormous increase on the primary day of election campaigning as Nigel Farage dramatically killed off hopes of a political comeback 

Mr Farage insisted he wants to focus on backing Donald Trump's campaign in the US, as he announced he will not be a parliamentary candidate for Reform UK

Mr Farage insisted he wants to focus on backing Donald Trump's campaign in the US, as he announced he will not be a parliamentary candidate for Reform UK

Mr Farage insisted he needs to give attention to backing Donald Trump’s marketing campaign within the US, as he introduced he won’t be a parliamentary candidate for Reform UK

Sir Keir was on the campaign trail in Gillingham with Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner this morning

Sir Keir was on the campaign trail in Gillingham with Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner this morning

Sir Keir was on the marketing campaign path in Gillingham with Labour deputy chief Angela Rayner this morning

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Official figures today showed immigration easing slightly after reaching a record high

Official figures today showed immigration easing slightly after reaching a record high

Official figures at this time confirmed immigration easing barely after reaching a file excessive

The PM joked he’s ‘drier’ than yesterday and had ‘introduced an umbrella’ as he gave interviews from Derbyshire this morning after stunning the nation – and his personal MPs – by pulling the set off on a July 4 contest.

He launched a extremely private assault on Sir Keir, swiping that the Labour chief had ‘no convictions’ and voters can’t belief him.

Nonetheless, he conceded that Rwanda flights won’t now take off till after the election.

And the dimensions of the duty dealing with the premier was underlined this morning with YouGov analysis exhibiting Labour 25 factors forward – sufficient for a landslide larger than that secured by Tony Blair in 1997.

Polling guru Sir John Curtice stated Mr Sunak’s resolution to name a poll meant he’s ‘both very courageous or extraordinarily foolhardy’.

Even senior Reform insiders had admitted they’d no thought whether or not Mr Farage would flip as much as the social gathering’s press convention scheduled this morning. 

In interviews final night time, the Brexit champion stated the PM had chosen to go for political ‘suicide’ branding the Tories ‘Huge State liberals’.

However he solely stated he would ‘take into consideration’ his personal plans in a single day, suggesting Mr Sunak’s resolution to go early had ‘rather a lot to do with me’ – so he didn’t have time to achieve momentum in a marketing campaign.

Ministers declare progress as figures present immigration lastly easing to 685,000 – however file excessive from 2022 is revised UP 

Ministers claimed progress at this time after web immigration dropped by 10 per cent final yr – though it was nonetheless 685,000.

The most recent figures on the important thing election battleground urged that web long-term inflows have been barely greater than the inhabitants of Sheffield in 2023.

The Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) additionally revised up the earlier yr to 764,000 – growing the already eye-watering file excessive.

The ONS stated it was too early to inform if a downward pattern had begun, however the variety of individuals coming to the UK is slowing whereas emigration is rising.

Work was the most important driver of migration in 2023, overtaking research, and there was a considerable enhance within the variety of individuals arriving from outdoors the EU on work-related visas, the figures counsel.

The measure – which is the distinction between the variety of individuals arriving and leaving the nation – has been revised upwards by 19,000 for 2022 from an earlier estimate of 745,000 now that extra full knowledge for the yr is out there.

Some 1.22million individuals are estimated to have arrived within the UK in 2023 (immigration), whereas 532,000 are prone to have left (emigration). That is in contrast with 1.26 million and 493,000 respectively in 2022.

The rise within the variety of individuals emigrating from the UK long-term has been pushed largely by elevated emigration from non-EU nationals, significantly amongst those that initially arrived on a research visa, the ONS stated.

The figures precede a raft of restrictions introduced in by the Authorities for the reason that begin of 2024 amid strain to chop the file variety of individuals legally arriving in Britain.

The Dwelling Workplace harassed the estimates ‘don’t bear in mind the key package deal measures introduced in December which have already began to have an impact’.

Dwelling Secretary James Cleverly stated: ‘The most recent migration statistics present a ten per cent fall in web migration final yr, with visa functions down 25 per cent to this point in 2024.

‘This exhibits the plan underneath Rishi Sunak and the Conservatives is working however there’s extra to do. That’s the reason we should keep on with the plan, not return to sq. one.’

In an announcement posted on X, Mr Farage stated: ‘I’ve thought lengthy and onerous as as to if I ought to stand within the upcoming common election.

‘As honorary president of Reform UK, I’m absolutely supportive of Richard Tice’s management and urge voters to place their belief in him and Lee Anderson.

‘I’ll do my bit to assist in the marketing campaign, however it’s not the appropriate time for me to go any additional than that.

‘Essential although the overall election is, the competition in the US of America on November 5 has big international significance. A robust America as a detailed ally is significant for our peace and safety. I intend to assist with the grassroots marketing campaign within the USA in any approach that I can.

‘The selection between Labour and the Conservatives is uninspiring, and solely Reform have the novel agenda that’s wanted to finish decline on this nation.’

Nervousness has been rising in Tory ranks concerning the prospect of Reform gifting Sir Keir victory by tempting pure supporters away.

The social gathering has been registering above 10 per cent in polls, doubtlessly sufficient to doom vital variety of Conservative MPs – though specialists consider they won’t be able to win any seats. 

Richard Tice is at present chief of Reform, however Mr Farage based the social gathering and has been mulling a comeback for months. 

The timing of the ballot in the summertime means he would possibly discover it simpler to marketing campaign, as it’s earlier than the US election the place he can be stumping for Donald Trump.

However Mr Farage has additionally identified that it’s extremely troublesome to get MPs elected underneath first previous the submit – having failed himself to win a seat many occasions. 

Talking to GB Information final night time, the place he’s a presenter, Mr Farage stated: ‘I feel the timing of this common election has rather a lot to do with me.

‘He (Mr Sunak) was scared. He’d heard rumours – true or not, he’d heard rumours – that I used to be going to enter the frontline political fray, and if he gave me a six-month run towards the worst most insincere Conservative prime minister in historical past, towards probably the most boring home social gathering visitor as chief of the Labour social gathering … I feel Reform was a really massive issue on this resolution.’

He added that Mr Sunak had ‘chosen suicide over obliteration’, and was prone to be left with 150-180 seats, in comparison with 50 if he waited one other six months.

Mr Farage has beforehand harassed that he won’t be becoming a member of the Tories, regardless of a ‘very candy’ suggestion from Liz Truss that he can be welcome.

The marketing campaign received off to a lower than auspicious begin final night time as Mr Sunak introduced the summer time election in a dramatic – and soaking moist – Downing Avenue assertion.

As his go well with turned drenched, and with protesters taking part in the New Labour anthem of ‘Issues Can Solely Get Higher’ within the background, Mr Sunak pointed to inflation being ‘again to regular’ and insisted he was ‘stopping the boats’. 

Mr Farage said last night he would 'think about' his plans, suggesting Mr Sunak had gone early to prevent Reform from getting ready for the contest

Mr Farage said last night he would 'think about' his plans, suggesting Mr Sunak had gone early to prevent Reform from getting ready for the contest

Mr Farage stated final night time he would ‘take into consideration’ his plans, suggesting Mr Sunak had gone early to stop Reform from preparing for the competition

Reform UK leader Richard Tice called a press conference at 11am after Mr Sunak fired the starting gun on a July 4 contest

Reform UK leader Richard Tice called a press conference at 11am after Mr Sunak fired the starting gun on a July 4 contest

Reform UK chief Richard Tice referred to as a press convention at 11am after Mr Sunak fired the beginning gun on a July 4 contest

‘The query now could be how and who do you belief to show that basis right into a safe future… now could be the second for Britain to resolve its future,’ he stated.

Even his personal Cupboard was saved in the dead of night till the final minute, with Dwelling Secretary James Cleverly telling ITV’s Peston ‘we do not get specific advance discover’ and it was largely a matter for Mr Sunak and his inside circle.

The information induced disquiet amongst Tory MPs petrified of shedding their jobs, and people who have already stated they won’t stand and are having to say goodbye to Parliament before anticipated.

Regardless of hypothesis at Westminster a couple of Tory insurgent effort to oust Mr Sunak and name off the election, one distinguished critic of the Prime Minister stated it was ‘too late’ to do away with him.

Dame Andrea Jenkyns, who has referred to as for Mr Sunak to go, stated she understood ‘different letters have been stepping into’ to 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady however ‘colleagues, it is too late, I informed you six months in the past we should always have completed this’.

Simply two extra days of Commons enterprise have been scheduled, throughout which necessary laws must be rushed via.

Mr Sunak launched a highly personal attack on Sir Keir, swiping that the Labour leader had 'no convictions' and voters cannot trust him

Mr Sunak launched a highly personal attack on Sir Keir, swiping that the Labour leader had 'no convictions' and voters cannot trust him

Mr Sunak launched a extremely private assault on Sir Keir, swiping that the Labour chief had ‘no convictions’ and voters can’t belief him

The campaign got off to a less than auspicious start last night as Mr Sunak announced the summer election in a dramatic - and soaking wet - Downing Street statement

The campaign got off to a less than auspicious start last night as Mr Sunak announced the summer election in a dramatic - and soaking wet - Downing Street statement

The marketing campaign received off to a lower than auspicious begin final night time as Mr Sunak introduced the summer time election in a dramatic – and soaking moist – Downing Avenue assertion

Social gathering whips from the Conservatives and Labour are holding talks to work out what excellent laws can change into legislation earlier than prorogation – the top of the present parliamentary session – on Friday.

That features the Victims and Prisoners Invoice, which incorporates measures to ascertain a compensation scheme for victims of the contaminated blood scandal.

Sir Keir responded together with his personal assertion final night time saying he welcomed ‘a second the nation wants and has been ready’.

‘An opportunity to vary for the higher your future, your neighborhood, your nation,’ he stated.

‘It is going to really feel like an extended marketing campaign, I’m certain of that, however it doesn’t matter what else is claimed and completed, that chance for change is what this election is about.’

Preparations are being made for a Conservative rally on the Excel centre later tonight with campaigning as a consequence of kick into overdrive.  

However earlier than at this time the election had broadly been anticipated within the Autumn, and the bombshell is threatening to set the Tory tinderbox ablaze, with MPs telling MailOnline that Mr Sunak has a ‘loss of life want’.

They warned that the Parliamentary social gathering will go ‘nuts’ on the prospect of charging in the direction of a disastrous defeat.



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