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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has finally called an election. After being in No. 10 Downing Street for 575 days, in a surprise move, he is finally giving the country its say. The Westminster journalists gossiping on air and on social media about possible election dates are now silenced, and the gladiatorial business of full-blown political campaigning can begin.

Why now? Many people have asked, given that Rishi asserted the election would take place in the autumn just hours before the announcement of July 4th as the day. I don’t think there is a single answer. Speculative theories run from the falling inflation rate and the spate of resignations from the current government to uncertainty in being able to carry any wide-ranging policy through Parliament. Whatever the reason, we at V4CE think the PM is right. It’s time to let the people have their say.

“Now is the moment for Britain to choose its future,” said a rain-soaked Rishi Sunak on the afternoon of May 22.

As a civil society charity, Voice4Change England will be pushing hard to make sure people exercise their democratic rights to vote and will endeavour to support other like-minded organisations that share our objectives. The impact of voter ID, voter registration, and low turnout have not gone away, so they will be monitored. We will put our best foot forward in the relatively short time available to let our networks know they also have a place in shaping the direction of this country’s future.

Kunle Olulode MBE

Director at Voice4ChangeEngland


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