Prime Minister Sunak sets July 4 date for national election

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has set July 4 as the date for a national election that will determine who governs the U.K., choosing a day of good economic news on May 22 to urge voters to give his governing Conservatives another chance.

“Now is the moment for Britain to choose its future,” Mr. Sunak said as he stood in heavy rain outside the prime minister’s residence.

Mr. Sunak’s center-right party has seen its support dwindle steadily after 14 years in power. It has struggled to overcome a series of crises including an economic slump, ethics scandals, and a revolving door of leaders in the past two years.

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