When will the UK general election be held? Rishi Sunak announces date

Sunak is expected to call for an election come July 4
Sunak is expected to call for an election come July 4 -Credit:Getty Images

Rishi Sunak has called a general election for Summer 2024. Rishi delivered a statement outside 10, Downing Street on Wednesday, just after 5pm, when he announced the General Election will be held on July 4 this year.

The announcement came after Cabinet ministers were summoned for an emergency Cabinet meeting, with defence secretary Grant Shapps and foreign secretary Lord Cameron cutting short foreign trips to attend.

Speculation had been mounting in Westminster that the prime minister was eyeing up a summer election, despite previous hints that a vote was most likely to take place in the autumn. Until now, Mr Sunak has remained tight-lipped on his plans for the election, instead repeating that it would be held 'in the second half of the year'.

It comes after the Tory leader declared that inflation had returned to 'normal' dubbing the feat a 'major milestone' for the country and its economy. It comes after official figures showed that inflation had slowed to 2.3 per cent last month.