General election 2024 called and people in Coventry are all saying the same thing

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Rishi Sunak's rain-soaked declaration of a General Election, to be held on July 4, has had readers of Coventry Live talking about what we might see in the next 6 weeks in our comments section. And it seems they aren't impressed with the big parties' offerings so far.

The PM made the announcement after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday (22), ending months of speculation over when Sunak would start the race. The Tories have been facing large deficits in opinion polls to Labour, but that could change by voting day.

Reader Tedwarks simply said: "Tories Out, to Help Out." Wb38 wrote: "Nothing will get better under what is effectively a 'uniparty' of Labour and Tory. Can you tell the difference?"

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Commenter Destroyedcountry can't see a turning point: "About time, but don't hold out much hope for the country, the damage done has gone too far to be fixed. I won't be voting Tory either, no recovery if either big party is elected, needs a complete reform of our system & no the Reform Party isn't the answer, far from it."

Ijg focused on local matters: "Won’t be voting for MP Sultana till she grows up a bit." Scrapperblackwell replied: "I'm nearly 80 and admire her plucky stance on many issues. Maybe she is not ready to be a minister but we need some MPs with hearts in the right place to make sure the leaders are held to account."

Flewthenest02 writes: "The good people of Coventry will still vote Labour like they did at the local elections. No sympathy anymore... and the Tories aren’t any better!"

On our Facebook page, Wolfgang Maximilian said: "Vote Labour vote Tories, don't expect life gets any better this country needs people outside the elite circle."

The Conservative Party is expected to target three local seats - Coventry North West, Coventry South and Warwick and Leamington. Taking these seats could be a tough ask for the Tories. Zarah Sultana won Coventry South with a majority of 401 in 2019 - a total of 19,544 votes compared to 19,143 for the Tories.

Ms Sultana has held the seat since 2019, after longstanding Labour MP Jim Cunningham stood down. He had held the seat since 1992 and won a majority of more than 4,000 in the 2017 election.

Coventry North West is another longstanding Labour seat which had a new MP at the last election when Taiwo Owatemi won with a majority of 208. Warwick and Leamington was a Conservative seat for Chris White from 2010 to 2017, when Matt Western won it for Labour with a majority of 1,206. In the 2019 election he had a majority of 789.

What policies do you want to see announced over the next 6 weeks? Let us know in the comments below or HERE.