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E-petition 641904 calls on the Prime Minister to call an immediate general election. It says:

The Prime Minister should call an immediate general election to allow the British public to have their say on how we are governed, we should not be made to wait until January 2025

Consistent opinion polling has shown the British public have lost confidence in the current government. The NHS is in crisis, the asylum system is broken, there are delays at the ports, and institutions are failing. The British people should be given a say on what to do next.

The Government published a response to the petition on 18 October 2023. It noted the five priorities set out by the Prime Minister in early 2023. The response went on to say

The Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, is making the hard but necessary long-term decisions for the future of the UK, unlike the politicians focused on the short-term and lacking the backbone to make the big changes Britain needs.

The Government is putting national interest over self-interest, and is doing what is right, not what is easy.

The process for calling the next general election is clearly set out under the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Act 2022. It would not be right for the country to call an early disruptive general election now.

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