Rishi Sunak is facing questions at PMQs as he marks his first-year anniversary as Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister has said that there is “still work to be done” as he appeared to signal plans for another 12 months in power.
Sunak and his allies used the one-year milestone to point to administration’s achievements since taking over from the fleeting Liz Truss premiership.
But the mood remains gloomy among the wider Tory party after a string of bruising by-election defeats and polling that places the Conservatives well behind Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour.
In a statement published on Wednesday, Sunak said: “As I mark one year as Prime Minister, there are many moments that fill me with pride.
“When I spoke about my priorities in January, I knew they were going to be tough targets to meet, but I made them because they’re what’s right for this country, its economy and its people. And it’s why over the last 12 months we’ve been committed to meeting them – building a better, brighter future for all of us.”
Downing Street also released a video to mark the occasion, which insinuated the Prime Minister is in no hurry to call a general election.
A general election is due to be held before January 2025, with speculation over when the Tory leader will decide to go to the country. Recent polling has suggested that voters want an election sooner rather than later, with Labour overwhelmingly seen as the favourites to form the next government.
The 46-second video, published on the Downing Street YouTube channel, offers a rapid run through of Sunak’s policy priorities over the last 12 months.
It asks viewers: “So what can a country achieve in 52 weeks? Watch this space.”
The Prime Minister remains under pressure to deliver on his five priorities, which include cutting waiting lists, halving inflation and stopping small boats crossings in the Channel.
Reflecting on his year in office he points to the signing of the Windsor Framework amending the Northern Ireland Protocol, the decision to axe the northern leg of HS2 and his watering down of key climate pledges.
“I know this year has been tough, and there is still work to be done to help hardworking families across the country, but I’m proud of the steps we’ve made,” he said.
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