UK General Election Announced – 4 July

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced that the United Kingdom will hold a general election on Thursday, 4 July. This decision marks a significant moment in the country’s political landscape as parties prepare to present their visions for the future.

In response to the announcement, Shevaun Haviland, the Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), emphasised the importance of business considerations in the upcoming election. “The 6 million workers in firms across our 52 Chambers in the UK will be looking closely at what each political party proposes for businesses,” Haviland stated. “We’ll be outlining our priorities in the coming days. It’s important that the economy remains front and centre of the campaign to come.”

During the election campaign, the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce will continue to share the manifestos outlined by all parties, in the run up to the election. Robert Elliot, Director of Business Engagement and Policy at the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, stated, “The Chamber remains neutral; our commitment is to support the local business community, our Members and the wider economy. We will always work closely with our local Constituencies, helping to improve the business landscape and put business growth at the forefront.”

The BCC is also set to publish its election manifesto, ‘The Future of the Economy’, on Thursday 30 May.