UK politics – live: Rishi Sunak gives pre-election speech warning UK faces ‘dangerous years’ ahead

Rishi Sunak is delivering a pre-election speech in a move to pitch to voters after this month’s local election blow.

The Primer Minister says he has “bold ideas” that can “create a more secure future” for Britons and restore their “confidence and pride in our country”.

Speaking from London, he is pledging that “more will change in the next five years than in the last thirty” if the Conservatives get re-elected.

He says voters face a stark choice in whom they choose to govern the nation at a time of unprecedented global volatility and technological advancements.

Touting his leadership in areas such as security, he is seeking to draw a dividing line with Labour over defence spending following his commitment to hike it to 2.5% of gross domestic product by 2030.

It comes as his Conservative Party dropped behind Labour in the polls suffering a mauling in local and regional elections earlier this month.

Mr Sunak’s worries worsened with the astonishing defection of MP Natalie Elphicke in protest against his record on housing and stopping small boat Channel crossings.

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