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U.K. election: Expert says another Conservative victory is unlikely

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of Britain has called a snap general election for July 4. Matthew Lebo, professor and chair of political science at Western, is an expert in U.S. and U.K. elections and is available for interviews. According to Lebo, the ruling British Conservatives who have been in power since 2010 have been falling […]

 May 22, 2024
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 May 22, 2024

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of Britain has called a snap general election for July 4.

Matthew Lebo, professor and chair of political science at Western, is an expert in U.S. and U.K. elections and is available for interviews.

According to Lebo, the ruling British Conservatives who have been in power since 2010 have been falling further behind in vote intention polls for more than two years.

“A Labour victory seems inevitable,” said Lebo. “It would require an enormous swing among British voters in a short six-week campaign.”

For Lebo, the biggest issue will be which candidate is most likely to oversee a recovering economy effectively.

Professor Matthew Lebo

“Post-Brexit, the U.K. is struggling and after 14 years I think British voters are more than ready for a change,” said Lebo.

Commentary reflects the perspective and scholarly interest of Western faculty members and is not an articulation of official university policy on issues being addressed.

MEDIA CONTACT: Justin Zadorsky, Media Relations Officer, Western University, 226.377.1673 (mobile), jzadorsk@uwo.ca.

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