The Sun newspaper backs Labour in blow to Rishi Sunak

 (The Sun)
(The Sun)

The Sun newspaper has backed Labour at the General Election providing a huge blow to Rishi Sunak’s chances.

The tabloid has said “It’s time for a new manager” hours before Britain is set to go to the polls.

The paper also famously backed Tony Blair’s Labour Party when he won a landslide victory in 1997, switching sides after more than 20 years of unswerving support for the Tory party.It has previously backed Tory candidates for the past 15 years helping David Cameron and Theresa May enter Downing Street.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned paper wrote: It’s time for change. The insurmountable problem faced by the (Conservatives) is that - over the course of 14 often chaotic years - they have become a divided rabble, more interested in fighting themselves than running the country.

“By the time Rishi Sunak moved into No10, Britain had had five Prime Ministers in just 12 years. In 2022 alone, there were four Home Secretaries, four Chancellors, and five Education Secretaries.

“All this upheaval, backstabbing and mayhem came at a price.”

It added: "There are still plenty of concerns about Labour ... But, by dragging his party back to the centre ground of British politics for the first time since Tony Blair was in No. 10, Sir Keir has won the right to take charge."

Earlier on Wednesday the Evening Standard also endorsed Sir Keir’s Labour Party, joining the Financial Times and the Sunday Times in backing the opposition party.

 (Evening Standard)
(Evening Standard)

The Daily Mirror and the Guardian have also endorsed Labour, while the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph have backed the Conservatives.

The Economist, a pro-business weekly magazine, has thrown its weight behind Labour.

The Sun boasts a record of backing winners in elections.

The tabloid, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp media empire, famously crowed "It was the Sun wot won it" in 1992, claiming its support had swayed 10 million readers to back John Major's Conservatives to an unexpected election victory.

It switched its support to Labour before Blair led the party to the first of three successive election victories in 1997.

In 2009, The Sun turned away from the Labour Party after more than a decade of support and said it would support David Cameron's Conservatives under the headline: "Labour's Lost It". Labour lost the 2010 general election.