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Rishi Sunak has dismissed the widespread speculation that he was looking to hold a general election on May 2 – but the Tories’ recent history with elections and his curious wording means people have been rolling their eyes in response.The prime minister said on Thursday that he could guarantee there would not be an election on “that day”.But some sceptics have suggested that there’s still a (very narrow) chance it could be held on another day in May – or any day, in fact, before the parliamentary term is up in January.Theresa May and Boris Johnson’s legacyThe prime minister has so far only said that he is “working towards” the assumption that an election would be in the second half of the year.However, as people on X (formerly Twitter) pointed out, the Conservatives have a track record of calling unexpected elections – even after they promised not to.When Theresa May was prime minister during the latter months of 2016, she vowed not to hold a general election until 2020, ruling out an early election on five occasions over her first nine months in office. She also dismissed speculation she would time a snap election with the local May elections of 2017.She then held a snap election in June 2017. It rather backfired for her, as she ended up with a hung parliament and needed to rely on the Democratic Unionist Party to support the minority government.Her successor Boris Johnson was also unclear about an election date when he first got into office.He called an election in December 2019, six months after he first entered Downing Street.The official government line was that the priority was just to deliver Brexit by October 31 rather than taking the public back to the ballot box. Johnson also said there would be no election unless Brexit was delivered.Then – after he managed to agree the Northern Ireland protocol with the EU – he dissolved parliament on November 6 so he could hold the snap election in December.Good spot from Naomi. I’m not entirely abandoning the thought of a May election just because Sunak said something. But it’s also fair to note that the Tories were miles ahead in the polls in the first half of 2017 and the temptation eventually got too much. https://t.co/9vDEXFGjcD— Lewis Baston (@lewis_baston) March 15, 2024In 2017, Theresa May decided not to call a general election to coincide with the locals on May 4… and then held one five weeks later on June 8. Just saying! 🥶— Ben Riley-Smith (@benrileysmith) March 14, 2024You can’t believe Tories @RishiSunak! Remember Theresa May called a #GeneralElection for 8 June 2017, despite repeatedly denying that she would call one.🤥 June 30 2016: “There should be no general election until 2020. There should be a normal autumn statement held in the… https://t.co/okIseuZWOG— Liz Webster (@LizWebsterSBF) March 15, 2024Sunak’s election claim prompts general mockeryThe ongoing uncertainty around the date of the next general election also triggered the inevitable comparisons to the comedy, The Thick of It, which satirised life within the British government.And his refusal to set a date in stone just added fuel to the fire.Put away the stone of baseless speculation about an election in May! Fetch the stone of baseless speculation about an election in June! https://t.co/quvaankLTY— Stephen Bush (@stephenkb) March 15, 2024The Labour Party wasted no time in releasing a clip comparing Sunak to a chicken……. while the Liberal Democrats accused him “running scared”.Confirmed: Sunak is running scared of a May election.He knows that voters will not put up with this Conservative government’s failures on the NHS and the cost of living crisis any longer. The people deserve their say. It’s time for a General Election Now. pic.twitter.com/MBWPA9xoFt— Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) March 15, 2024

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