Champions of the British legislative elections

Britons will go to the polls on July 4, in a long-awaited legislative election, from which Labor could emerge victorious and return to Downing Street after fourteen years of rule by Conservative prime ministers.

These are the candidates, including the two main candidates for the position of Prime Minister, the outgoing Conservative Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, and the Labor Party, Keir Starmer:

Rishi Sunak (44 years old) will try to be elected by the British for the first time after being appointed Prime Minister by Conservative MPs in October 2022.

Sunak succeeded the short-lived Liz Truss, who was forced to leave her position just 49 days after arriving in Downing Street, following the presentation of the draft budget that sparked panic in the financial markets.

The former Economy Minister, who is descended from immigrants of Indian origin, is the first head of government of Asian descent in the United Kingdom and the youngest head of government in the past 200 years.

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This businessman was able to restore stability after the chaos of the Boris Johnson years and cut inflation by half, in the midst of a crisis of high costs of living.

However, Sunak has failed to deliver on many of his promises, such as sending illegal immigrants to Rwanda or reducing waiting lists for the NHS.

Opinion polls also attribute to him the lowest popularity rating in the history of British prime ministers.

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A former human rights lawyer, who later worked for Crown Prosecution Service in England and Wales, Labor leader Keir Starmer is leading the polls and is the favorite to be Britain’s next prime minister.

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Since arriving as Labor leader in 2020, he has tried to lead the party to a centrist political position after the more left-wing years of Jeremy Corbyn, who was accused of allowing anti-Semitism to flourish in its ranks.

Those closest to him see the 61-year-old as a practical, reliable leader who is fully armed to get the United Kingdom back on the right path in the midst of economic decline.

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His critics criticize his changes in direction, his lack of aura and the difficulties he faces in drawing a clear vision for the country’s future.

Born in London, his unusual name pays tribute to the first leader of the Labor Party, Keir Hardie.

An Arsenal fan and amateur footballer, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to criminal justice, although he does not usually add the word “sir” in his presentations.

Eurosceptic Nigel Farage announced that he would not stand in the election, but said he would contribute to the campaign.

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The 60-year-old far-right former MP is one of the most controversial political figures in the UK.

Former US President Donald Trump called him “Mr. Brexit” after Farage managed to convince the majority of Britons to vote in favor of secession from the European Union in 2016.

Farage, the titular chairman of the UK’s Reform Party, a Europhobic, anti-immigration and anti-environmental party, has been holding out for months over his potential candidacy.

With approximately 10% of voting intentions, the reform could deprive the Conservatives of a number of key seats and cause them to lose the election.

Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey has no chance of being elected Prime Minister, but he and Scottish First Minister John Swinney’s party, the Scottish National Party, may have the final say.

Ed Davey (58 years old) hopes that his party will win some seats in southern England, which may allow the centrists to remain in the lead of the Scottish National Party, the third largest party in Parliament.

Swinney, although he is not running in this election, could also influence the outcome.

Carla Denyer (38 years old), one of the leaders of the Green Party, who defends the environment, hopes to win a seat in Bristol (southwest of England), to strengthen the marginal presence of this group, which has only four representatives in Parliament.

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