'Here's Rishi modelling the latest in water-repellent suits!': Social media users poke fun at Sunak as PM is drenched in the rain while announcing July 4 election

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Social media users have today poked fun at Rishi Sunak after the Prime Minister was drenched in the rain while announcing a summer general election. 

The premier was drowned out by protesters blasting New Labour’s 1997 anthem ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ as he stood behind the lectern outside 10 Downing Street.

As his suit became sodden, Mr Sunak pointed to inflation being ‘back to normal’ and he was ‘stopping the boats’ as confirmed the nation would head to the polls on July 4.

‘The question now is how and who do you trust to turn that foundation into a secure future… now is the moment for Britain to decide its future,’ he said.

‘On July 5, either Sir Keir Starmer or I will be prime minister. He has shown time and time again that he will take the easy way out and do anything to get power.

A drenched Rishi Sunak stands outside 10 Downing Street as the rain lashes down as he announces a general election will take place on July 4

A drenched Rishi Sunak stands outside 10 Downing Street as the rain lashes down as he announces a general election will take place on July 4

The premier was drowned out by protesters blasting New Labour 's anthem 'Things Can Only Get Better' as he stood behind the lectern

The premier was drowned out by protesters blasting New Labour ‘s anthem ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ as he stood behind the lectern

The premier's suit got a drenching during his general election speech
The premier's suit got a drenching during his general election speech

The premier’s suit got a drenching during his general election speech

‘If he was happy to abandon all the promises he made to become Labour leader once he got the job, how can you know that he won’t do exactly the same thing if he were to become prime minister?’

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People could not help themselves but head to X, formerly Twitter, today to post hilarious memes mocking the sodden looking Mr Sunak during the 5pm announcement.

Some X users compared Mr Sunak to looking like Roddy in 2006 animated film Flushed Away which tells the story of the uptown rat getting flushed down the toilet from his penthouse apartment and ending up in the sewers. 

While another posted a drenched-looking man wearing a suit wailing in the middle of a downpour. 

One post showed a picture taken from an episode of The Simpsons of Homer’s father, Abe, standing in the rain with his trousers wrapped around his ankles, which was accompanied with the caption: ‘We now go live to Downing Street for a statement from Rishi Sunak.’   

Downing Street said in a statement: ‘The Prime Minister has today asked His Majesty The King to proclaim the Dissolution of Parliament. His Majesty has been graciously pleased to signify that he will comply with this request.

‘Parliament will be prorogued on Friday 24 May. Dissolution will take place on Thursday 30 May.

Social media users poked fun at Rishi Sunak after the Prime Minister was drenched in the rain while announcing a summer general election.

Social media users poked fun at Rishi Sunak after the Prime Minister was drenched in the rain while announcing a summer general election.

Some X users compared Mr Sunak to looking like Roddy in 2006 animated film Flushed Away which tells the story of the uptown rat getting flushed down the toilet from his penthouse apartment and ending up in the sewers

Some X users compared Mr Sunak to looking like Roddy in 2006 animated film Flushed Away which tells the story of the uptown rat getting flushed down the toilet from his penthouse apartment and ending up in the sewers

One post showed a picture taken from an episode of The Simpsons of Homer's father, Abe, standing in the rain with his trousers wrapped around his ankles

One post showed a picture taken from an episode of The Simpsons of Homer’s father, Abe, standing in the rain with his trousers wrapped around his ankles

‘The General Election will take place on Thursday 4 July. The new Parliament will be summoned to meet on Tuesday 9 July, when the first business will be the election of the Speaker and the swearing-in of members, and the State Opening will be on Wednesday 17 July.’

The rumours gathered pace after Mr Sunak hailed a ‘major milestone’ this morning with inflation tumbling to the lowest level in nearly three years.

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Preparations are being made for a Tory rally at the Excel centre later tonight with campaigning due to kick into overdrive.

But the bombshell is threatening to set the Tory tinderbox ablaze, with MPs telling MailOnline that Mr Sunak has a ‘death wish’ and the Parliamentary party will go ‘nuts’ at the prospect of charging towards a disastrous defeat.

The latest Savanta poll gave Labour a 17-point lead over the Tories. According to Electoral Calculus, those numbers would produce a 236 majority for Sir Keir.

He would have 443 MPs, while the Conservatives would have just 124. That is compared to the 376 returned in Boris Johnson’s 2019 landslide.

Sir Keir has said he has a ‘long term plan to rebuild Britain’ that is ‘fully costed’.

He said the plan will cut do things including cutting NHS waiting times and improve schools and stop sewage being pumped into the waterways.

The Labour leader said he will stop the ‘chaos’ of the Tories and that Labour will ‘return Britain to the service of working people’.

He says if the Tories last another five years that they will ‘br entitled to carry on exactly as they are… Nothing will change’

Mr Sunak said it was the 'moment for Britain to decide' its future, whether he should stay as PM or Keir Starmer take over

Mr Sunak said it was the ‘moment for Britain to decide’ its future, whether he should stay as PM or Keir Starmer take over

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Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt were among the ministers at Cabinet tonight

There is intense chatter this morning that Mr Sunak could spring a bold surprise, despite Labour being miles ahead in the polls

There is intense chatter this morning that Mr Sunak could spring a bold surprise, despite Labour being miles ahead in the polls

He added: ‘It is time for change’

In his speech, Starmer said said there is ‘so much pride and potential’ to be unlocked in Britain ‘with patience, determination and that commitment to service’.

Citing his record as director of public prosecutions, the Labour leader said: ‘Service of our country is the reason and the only reason why I am standing here now asking for your vote. I believe with patience, determination and that commitment to service, there is so much pride and potential we can unlock in our country.

‘So here it is, the future of the country in your hands.’