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UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak has called an early UK general election for Thursday, July 4th.

Outside Downing Street, he said he would go to the polls this summer as he bids to win a fifth term in office for the Conservative Party. The surprise announcement overturned expectations of an autumn poll, which might have given the Tories a better chance of closing the gap with Labour.

Shadow Leader, Sir Keir Starmer, said that it was time for change, with the Labour Party posting large leads in national opinion polls. He insisted that it has a fully organised campaign ready to go.

Parliament will now be suspended tomorrow (Friday 24th) before it is formally shut down on Thursday next week ahead of an official five-week election campaign. It means there are only two days to pass any outstanding legislation - a move which will mean some of the government's measures will have to be abandoned.

Work has just begun at the site of what will become a brand-new thriving retirement community, exclusively for the over 60s in Erdington, in Birmingham.

McCarthy Stone, the UK’s leading developer and manager of retirement properties, has started work on site on Orphanage Road in preparation for the construction of a new Retirement Living development, which will offer a choice of cost-effective one and two-bedroom apartments exclusively available as part of a government-backed Shared Ownership scheme.

Helping to minimise its environmental impact, the retirement housebuilder will employ Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) – an innovative approach that reduces environmental impact and build time and helps deliver energy efficient homes. 

In 2023, 10 of its developments were built using MMC. This represents a doubling from five in 2022, with the company set to further increase its use of MMC on 25 developments this year.

The key to MMC is the use of Remagin’s (formally known as Sigmat) eco-friendly, dynamic Light Gauge Steel Framing (LGSF). The selection of Remagin LGSF also enables the development to be completed at a lower cost than would be the case with traditional construction methods, making the development more affordable to retirees within the local area.

This enables much of the build to take place off-site, with the completed sections then lifted into place – keeping on course for predicted project completion and cutting the impact on the environment and the local neighbourhood.