UK Election 2024 Live Updates: Pollsters predict landslide victory for Keir Starmer's Labour Party. Will Rishi Sunak's opposition to the incumbent cost him victory? | News from India

Live updates on the UK election 2024: Rishi Sunak, who has been Prime Minister since October 2022, is leading his party into the election. His main opponent is Keir Starmer, former Director of Public Prosecutions in England and leader of the Labour Party since April 2020.

UK Election 2024 Live Updates: Will Rishi Sunak be able to fend off Keir Starmer’s challenge?Both Prime Minister Sunak (R) and Labour Party leader Keir Starmer arrived at the polling stations on Thursday with their wives (AP Photo).

Live updates on the UK general election: British voters will choose a new government on Thursday in a general election widely expected to bring Labour to power amid economic malaise, growing distrust of institutions and a crumbling social fabric. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's Conservative Party, in power since 2010, faces a disillusioned electorate more concerned about immediate issues such as the economy, infrastructure and the National Health Service than traditional party loyalties. Sunak voted in his Richmond constituency alongside his wife, and Labour leader Keir Starmer, who has led in opinion polls for months, also cast his ballot, urging his supporters not to take victory for granted.

Who are the key candidates? Sunak, who has been prime minister since October 2022, is leading his party into the election. His main opponent is Keir Starmer, a former director of public prosecutions in England and leader of the Labour Party since April 2020. However, other parties could also be crucial in forming a coalition government. The Scottish National Party, which supports Scottish independence, the Liberal Democrats and the Democratic Unionist Party, which wants to maintain relations between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, are currently the three largest parties in Parliament after the Conservatives and Labour.

What is at stake for India? New Delhi and London have been negotiating a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) for more than two years to boost trade between the two countries, but a landslide victory for Labour could change the dynamic of the free trade negotiations.

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UK election live updates: Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of the ruling Conservative Party and his close rival Keir Starmer of the opposition Labour Party cast their votes early Thursday as millions voted in an early election. Follow this space for the latest news and updates.

Elections in Great Britain A polling station sign shows where residents in London can cast their vote in the general election. (AP Photo)

Britain may get a new government: This time Labour could be better for India

While the British Tories are heading for a historic electoral defeat, India stands a good chance of advancing bilateral relations under a new Labour government led by Keir Starmer. The Conservative Party may have deserved much of the criticism for its turbulent 15-year tenure. But when it comes to India, the Tories have undoubtedly driven a positive reorientation of relations between London and Delhi. The party has shed some of the British colonial baggage, freed British India policy from the Pakistan and Kashmir factors, and embedded engagement in the broader Indo-Pacific framework. Read C Raja Mohan's opinion on the polls.

Who is Keir Starmer, the favourite for the UK elections?

With the UK general election approaching on Thursday 4 July, all eyes are on Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, who is expected to win a landslide victory and become the first Labour prime minister to take power since 2010. His opponent is Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who is doing everything he can to keep his Conservative Party in power despite voter fatigue brought on by 14 years of Tory rule.

Starmer has been the opposition leader in the British parliament for the past four years, leading the Social Democrats, mainly from the left, into the political centre. He is credited with reviving the Labour Party after its worst electoral defeat since the 1930s. Starmer, who entered parliament just a decade ago, not only made the party electable but also moved it to the centre on key policy areas by denouncing the failings of three Conservative prime ministers, a New York Times report said. Read more

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